Health is an important consideration for children in long day care.

When Children Are Unwell

If your child is unwell it is essential serious consideration is given before sending him/her to long day care.

Children in long day care are in close contact with each other and staff. Illnesses can spread quickly in long day care and can then be passed on to families.

Common Childhood Illnesses

Below is a list of some of the common childhood illnesses and the periods in which affected children should be kept home from long day care.

  • Conjunctivitis: until eye discharge has stopped
  • Chicken Pox: 7 days after spots
  • Measles: 5 days from onset of rash
  • Mumps: 10 days after onset of swelling
  • Headlice: until lice are dead
  • Diarrhoea: until free from diarrhoea for a day


Medicines may need to be administered to children during their stay in long day care. If medication is required you will need to:

  • Complete the details on a medicine form
  • Sign the medicine form
  • Tell your child’s teacher
  • Put refrigerated medicines in the fridge or place it in the medicine container provided for your child.

Please don’t leave medicines in children’s bags.

Medicines will only be administered if details are recorded on the medicine form.

Right to Refuse

Happy Clown Kindy has the right to refuse entry to any child whose state of health endangers other children or staff. If your child is sick or has an infectious disease please alert the centre immediately.

If you have any questions about whether your child should attend happy Clown Kindy or be kept home please call the centre on 9558 2683.