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22 Feb 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.

All people who care for children in childcare settings have a ‘duty of care’ to provide a safe environment for children in their care. The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (known as the Care Commission) was set up under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (‘the Act’) to register and inspect all services regulated under the Act. The Care Commission must take account of the National Care Standards, ‘Early education and childcare up to the age of 16 (revised September 2009) when registering and regulating these service types. On 1 April 2011, the functions of the Care Commission relating to childcare services will be transferred to Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS). For further information on SCSWIS, please visit

In addition to this document, guidance on exclusion criteria will be available at 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.

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