Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities

A practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other 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 22 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance on Chicken pox and Hand, foot and mouth disease.
  2. Amendments to guidance on Chicken pox.
  3. Updated guidance in Chapter 4: what to do if you suspect an outbreak of infection.
  4. First published.