Sickness and absence policy

Ofsted requires us to have an infection control policy, which means that a child who is obviously not well should not be brought into St George’s. If your child becomes unwell while in our care, we will contact you and arrange for them to be collected immediately. We therefore require at least one current emergency number and it is vital that any contact numbers are kept up-to-date.

Any child who has suffered a bout of diarrhoea or sickness must not return to nursery for at least 48 hours, and then only when they are well enough. Children suffering from conjunctivitis must also stay away until their eyes are clear and free from infection.

Notification of absence

Please let us know as soon as possible if your child will be absent from their normal session. Ofsted require us to mark the registers differently for holidays and sickness. If their absence is due to a contagious or infectious illness, we need to notify other parents by displaying this information on the notice boards. All absences must be paid for.


When a child is prescribed a new medicine we ask that parents keep them at home for 48 hours to ensure no adverse effect, and to give it time to take effect.

If your child has been prescribed medication, the childcare staff will administer the dosage as required.

On these occasions, you will be asked to complete and sign a medicine form. St George’s is not allowed to keep or administer any medication other than those listed and accepted on the consent form. Therefore, parents must supply and sign-in any skin creams or other non-prescribed medication that they wish their child to take. This must be within date and also be clearly marked with their child’s name and the dosage required.