Little Pirates Nursery and Neptune Nursery


Please do not send your child to nursery if they are unwell.

If your child is unwell at nursery we will contact you and ask you to collect them as soon as possible.

It is important that you keep us updated with your contact details. If we cannot contact you or any of your emergency contacts, or if your child is not collected, we may call our social service team.

You should tell our staff if your child has been unwell or in contact with an infectious illness. We are working under the guidance of the local Health Authority, which helps us in avoiding the risk of infection in the nursery.

You should keep your child at home if they:

  • they have had any sickness or diarrhoea, loose or watery stools within the last 48 hours
  • are showing signs of a temperature, whether high or low
  • have a chest infection

You must keep your child at home 48 hours after their last bout of sickness.

Our staff will only administer prescribed medicines from your child's doctor. This must have the child's full name on it – the same as on the registration form – and the date when the illness began.

Exclusion times

There are different exclusion times, depending on the illness

Illness Exclusion time
Chicken Pox When the last crop of spots have completely dried – a minimum of 7 days
Measles 7 days from the onset of the rash
Rubella 7 days from the onset of the rash
Mumps Until the swelling has gone
Whooping cough Until cleared by a doctor
Conjunctivitis Until completely cleared by prescribed drops and there is no swelling or discharge from either eye
Diarrhoea or sickness 48 hours after the last bout of illness, and then only if the child is well enough and is drinking and eating normally

Head lice

Head lice are tiny insects that live on the human hair. They are particularly common in children. Children who have head lice will not be excluded but we ask that you treat them as soon as possible.

Head lice are passed on through hair to hair contact – they do not jump, fly or swim. They often cause the scalp to itch, so you should check for head lice if you notice you child scratching.

If you suspect your child has head lice or you wish to just check the hair, you should:

  • wash the hair and leave in the conditioner
  • comb through use a comb specifically for detecting head lice – this will detect even the smallest head lice
  • remove lice by rinsing the comb
  • work through sections of the hair until satisfied

Chemist's shops sell special combs for detecting head lice.