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Disease prevention in education and care services

Disease outbreaks in early childhood education and care services and schools are more common due to groups of children playing closely together. Services and schools play an important role in limiting the spread of infectious diseases by:

  • excluding unwell children from the service while they are infectious
  • upholding hygiene standards
  • educating parents.

Exclusion times for contagious conditions

Some medical conditions require children to be excluded from school or child care to prevent the spread of infectious diseases among other children and staff, as well as the community.

National guidelines

The Staying Healthy resource contains advice on ways to manage infection risks, including exclusion periods, and posters and factsheets that can be downloaded.

Gastroenteritis outbreaks in ECEC services

Gastroenteritis outbreaks in early childhood education and care services can be disruptive to staff and families that attend the centre, impacting on staff attendance as well as parents work life.

Information for directors and staff of early childhood education and care services (PDF, 284KB) assists centres to manage gastroenteritis outbreaks in line with the Staying Healthy guidelines.

Gastroenteritis outbreak in a camp facility

Guidelines for camp managers and those supervising camping groups (PDF, 460KB) are designed for camp managers and those supervising camping groups, such as teachers and community group leaders, to prevent and manage gastroenteritis within a camp facility.

Staff immunisations

Find out which immunisations are recommended for people who work with children.

More information

Last updated: 13 December 2017