Our Illness Policy & NHS Immunisation schedule for under 5’s

Every child reacts differently to viruses, coughs & colds - if your child needs cuddling and Calpol they are unlikely to cope with the activities and busyness of Little Doves – please keep them home until they feel better. Young children and winter ailments - guidance for families.

Covid-19 - please follow the local government guidelines if your child is showing any signs of Covid-19, for example, lateral flow test, PCR test or exclusion. Updated Covid-19 guidance.

If your child is unwell and cannot attend the pre-school please telephone 07756 029105 as soon as possible and definitely by the end of the day.

Flu vaccine - information for families. 

Protecting your child from measles - guidance for families.

Scarlet fever. 

The pre-school has information about excludable diseases and exclusion times. Please click on the link below to go to Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings (Public Health Agency) for further information. https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/sites/default/files/Guidance_on_infection_control_in%20schools_poster.pdf

Little Doves Christian Pre-School advice for attendence after illness.

Illness Minimum Absence Period

Head Lice

No absence necessary (although needs treatment)

Diarrhoea or sickness

48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting


48 hours after antibiotics have commenced


None - seek treatment and then when eyes clear


(German Measles)

5 days from onset of rash


5 days from onset of rash

Chicken Pox

Approx 7 – 14 days form onset of rash - until all scabs have healed over, come away and fallen off dry. The scabs are infectious 


5 days after onset of swelling

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

21 days from onset of cough or after 5 days of antibiotics



Child can return after first treatment

Hand, foot and mouth

None - consult GP 

Molluscum contagiosum



Exclusion not usually required

Scarlet fever

Child can return 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment if they feel well enough to attend.

Slapped cheek

None (once rash has developed) See GP


Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered

Warts and verruca

None – cover in preschool


Until recovered


Until recovered – consult GP

Thread worms



Consult GP

NHS Immunisation schedule for under 5’s  

8 weeks

Six-in-one vaccine

Rotavirus vaccine

Meningitis B vaccine

12 weeks

Six-in-one vaccine (second dose)

Rotavirus vaccine (second dose)

Pneumococcal vaccine

16 weeks

Six-in-one vaccine (third dose)

Meningitis B vaccine (second dose)

Just after 1st birthday

Hib/MenC vaccine - Men C first dose

MMR vaccine - Mumps, Measles and Rubella

Pneumococcal vaccine (second dose)

Meningitis B vaccine (third dose)

Every year from two years up to ten years old

Children’s flu vaccine

Three years and four months or soon after

MMR ( second dose)

4-in-one pre-school booster