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01 Mar 2011

Infection prevention and control in childcare settings (day care and childminding settings)

This document provides guidance and advice on preventing and controlling infection for staff who work with children in childcare facilities (day-care) and childminding services in Scotland.

This document does not apply to schools, children’s residential settings or outdoor nurseries. It does cover all day care facilities for children (except schools) including nurseries, day-care centres, playgroups, crèches, children’s centres, childminders, after-school clubs and holiday clubs. Day care facilities for children in this document will also refer to those based in schools.

In addition to this document, there is also guidance on exclusion criteria - Exclusion Criteria for Childcare and Childminding Settings: Recommended time to be kept away from daycare and childminding. Please note the exclusion criteria will be reviewed annually based on available scientific evidence. Local NHS Board and Health Protection Teams (HPTs) will also advise on exclusion criteria.

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  • March 2011: Version 2 published
  • October 2011: an additional amendment table for minor text errors in the document has been added to the guidance.

Publisher(s): Health Protection Scotland No: 2011