Is my child too unwell for school?
Is your child too poorly for school or nursery? New advice will help you decide:
It is always a worry when a child becomes unwell, but it is not always obvious how to care for them and whether you should keep them at home. You can now find handy NHS guidance in one place online that will help you identify a possible condition, so you can decide whether to send your child to school or nursery.
On the website is a list of common childhood illnesses and conditions from conjunctivitis to head lice, as well as symptoms such as a high temperature and a sore throat and what these might mean. There is advice about what to do and when a child should return to education after being treated. If your child has a sickness bug or diarrhoea then they must not come to school for 48 hours after the last incident.
If you are unsure about a child’s wellbeing, please talk to your local pharmacist, call the NHS helpline on 111, or contact your GP.
Healthier Together is a NHS resource for parents to get advice and guidance about their child's health and well-being. This is a useful resource to signpost to for all health and well-being information, with the pathways having been developed by clinicians.
The platform has a number of accessibility functions: when touched, the text will be read aloud; parents may select their country's flag and all the pages will be translated into their language; and the font size can also be increased.
If your child is well enough to come to school, but needs medicine to be administered, or needs help to manage an ongoing medical condition, we can help. Please visit the page below for more advice: