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Holland House Infant School And Nursery

Happy and Hard Working

Healthcare Guidance



We often receive telephone calls from parents asking us for advice on absences associated with childhood illnesses.  We hope that this information will help you.



Chickenpox, Shingles

At home until last spot becomes scabbed 


At home 24 hours after beginning treatment 

Diarrhoea and Gastroenteritis

Any person vomiting or suffering from diarrhoea to remain at home until 24 hours after it has stopped, or at parental discretion. 

Erythema Parvovirus  (Slapped Cheek)

Infectious before rash occurs.  Recommend 48 hours at home to  recover 

Hand Foot and Mouth

At home 3-5 days, infectious whilst illness is present  

Hepatitis A

7 days exclusion 

Hepatitis B

When well enough to do so, return to school. 


At home 48 hours after treatment has started and crusts are drying up.  Sores need to be covered up 


Return to school when well 

Live Head Lice

Child to be sent home for treatment 


At home until 5 days after the appearance of the rash 


At home until 9 days after the swelling started 


Exclusion until treatment has begun.  Activities involving physical contact, or undressing for PE etc. should be discouraged 

R.S.V. Virus Bronchiolitus

Exclude until recovered 

Rubella (German Measles)

At home until days after the appearance of the rash 


At home for 24 hours after treatment 

Tonsillitis and Scarlet Fever

At home 24 hours after beginning antibiotics 

Whooping Cough

At home at least 5 days after treatment has started

Article 24 (health and health services)
Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.