At The Colour Corner Ltd we will deal promptly and effectively with any illnesses or injuries that occur while children are in our care. We take all practical steps to keep staff and children safe from communicable diseases.

All parents or carers must complete the Medical Form when their child joins the Club, requesting permission for emergency medical treatment for their child in the event of a serious accident or illness.


We will record any accidents or illnesses, together with any treatment given, on an Incident Record or Accident Record sheet as appropriate, which the parent or carer will be asked to sign when they collect the child.


The Colour Corner Ltd cannot accept children who are ill. If any children are ill when they first arrive at the setting we will immediately notify their parents or carers to come and collect them. Any children who have been ill should not return to the setting until they have fully recovered, or until after the minimum exclusion period has expired (see table at the end of this policy).


First aid 

The Club’s designated First Aider is [KIMBERLEY BLAKEY]. The designated First Aider has a current first aid certificate and has attended a 12 hour paediatric first aid course, which complies with the requirements of Annex A of the EYFS. First aid training will be renewed every three years. To ensure that there is a qualified first aider present and available at all times when the Club is running, other members of staff will also receive first aid training. We will take into account the number of children and layout of the premises to ensure that first aiders are able to respond quickly to any incident.


The location of the first aid box and a list of qualified first aiders are clearly displayed at the Club. The designated First Aider regularly checks the contents of the first aid box to ensure that they are up to date, appropriate for children and comply with the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. 

Procedure for a minor injury or illness

The first aider at the session will decide upon the appropriate action to take if a child becomes ill or suffers a minor injury.

  • If a child becomes ill during a session, the parent or carer will be asked to collect the child as soon as possible. The child will be kept comfortable and will be closely supervised while awaiting collection.
  • If a child complains of illness which does not impair their overall wellbeing, the child will be monitored for the rest of the session and the parent or carer will be notified when the child is collected. 
  • If a child suffers a minor injury, first aid will be administered and the child will be monitored for the remainder of the session. If necessary, the child’s parent will be asked to collect the child as soon as possible.


Procedure for a major injury or serious illness

In the event of a child becoming seriously ill or suffering a major injury, the first aider at the session will decide whether the child needs to go straight to hospital or whether it is safe to wait for their parent or carer to arrive.

  • If the child needs to go straight to hospital, we will call an ambulance. The staff member will provide the child’s Medical Form and will consent to any necessary treatment (as approved by the parents on the Medical Form). 
  • We will contact the child’s parents or carers with all urgency, and if they are unavailable we will call the other emergency contacts that we have on file for the child. 
  • After a major incident the manager and staff will review the events and consider whether any changes need to be made to the setting’s policies or procedures.
  • We will notify Ofsted and child protection agencies in the event of any serious accident or injury to a child in our care as soon as reasonably possible and within 14 days at the latest.
  • We will notify HSE under RIDDOR in the case of a death or major injury on the premises (e.g. broken limb, amputation, dislocation, etc – see the HSE website for a full list of reportable injuries).


Communicable diseases and conditions

If a case of head lice is found at the setting, the child’s parents or carers will be discreetly informed when they collect the child. Other parents will be warned to check their own children for head lice, but care will be taken not to identify the child affected. 


If an infectious or communicable disease is detected on the premises, we will inform parents and carers as soon as possible. 


If there is an outbreak of a notifiable disease at the setting, we will inform the local health protection unit, HSE under RIDDOR (if appropriate), and Ofsted.


Useful contacts

Health Protection Unit: [insert number of your local HPU]

Ofsted: 0300 123 1231

RIDDOR Incident Contact Unit: 0845 300 99 23






This policy was adopted by: The Colour Corner Ltd


Date: 1/1/24

To be reviewed: 1/1/25


Signed: K. Blakey




Written in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2023): Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements: Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills [3.25], Accident or injury [3.51-3.52], Food and drink 

[3.48 – 3.49] Minimum exclusion periods for infectious conditions and diseases



Exclusion period

Chicken Pox

Until all vesicles (spots) have crusted over

Cold Sores

None. Avoid contact with sores




Exclusion always necessary, consult local Health Protection Team

Diarrhoea and Vomiting

48 hours after last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting 

Glandular Fever


Gastro-enteritis, E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Salmonella and Dysentery

48 hours after last episode of diarrhoea – further exclusion may be required for some children 

Hand, Foot and Mouth disease


Hepatitis A*

Until 7 days after onset of jaundice

Hepatitis B* and C*


High temperature

24 hours 




Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment


Until recovered


4 days from onset of rash


Until recovered

Molluscum Contagiosum



5 days from onset of swollen glands

Pediculosis (lice)


Pertussis* (Whooping cough)

5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment or 21 days from the onset if antibiotics not given


Exclusion not usually required

Rubella* (German Measles)

4 days from onset of rash


Until first treatment has been given 

Scarlet fever* 

24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment

Slapped Check, Fifth Disease

None (once rash has developed)






Consult local Health Protection Team 

Typhoid*, Paratyphoid*

48 hours after last episode of diarrhoea – further exclusion may be required for some children

Warts (including Verruca)

None. Verruca sufferers should keep feet covered


* Denotes a notifiable disease. 


If in any doubt contact local health services for further information.