Advice from PHA regarding Sickness

9th November 2021

Do you have a child who's unwell and are wondering if they should be in nursery or school?

Check out our handy guide below to find out when they should stay off, and when they can go back if they are well enough to do so.

Symptoms and severity of illness will vary from person to person. If your child is unwell and you have concerns about their symptoms you should speak to your GP.

If you are pregnant and have been exposed to any of these illnesses you should seek prompt advice from your antenatal carer.

Do I need to keep my child off school? is available to download in English and translations at

For information on COVID-19 symptoms and advice see