Health protection in education and childcare settings

A practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in education and childcare settings.



This guidance provides advice on:

  • preventing the spread of infections
  • which diseases to vaccinate for
  • how long to keep children away from school
  • managing infectious diseases
  • cleaning the environment
Published 18 September 2017
Last updated 5 May 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated Chapter 3 with links to national guidance.

  2. Updated wording.

  3. Added Diarrhoea and vomiting outbreak: education and childcare settings action checklist.

  4. Updated guidance.

  5. Updated measles and rubella sections in the staff health chapter (chapter 7).

  6. Updated exclusion table to include new guidelines on Rubella.

  7. Replaced the exclusion tables.

  8. Updated guidance on Gastroenteritis in chapter 9.

  9. Updated guidance on Chicken pox and Hand, foot and mouth disease.

  10. Amendments to guidance on Chicken pox.

  11. Updated guidance in Chapter 4: what to do if you suspect an outbreak of infection.

  12. First published.