Exclusion Periods for childhood illnesses

Educators and staff at Kingston Beach Education Centre work hard to limit the spread of disease and illness within the care service.  To aid this, parents are sometimes asked to keep their child at home (called ‘exclusion’) in the event of illness or disease. The aim of exclusion is to reduce the spread of illnesses in the care service.

The less contact there is between people who have an infectious illness and people who are at risk of catching the illness, the less chance the illness has of spreading.

Please click on the documents below to read more about why we need an Exclusion Period, what the different Exclusion Periods might be and to learn more about what causes infections.


Exclusion periods explained – information for families.Recommended minimum exclusion periods (adapted from Staying Healthy, 5th Edition)What causes infections - information for families
















These resources are sourced from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Government.  Staying Healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services (5th Edition).


Further links are available on the following topics:

Campylobacter infection  Meningitis (viral) 
Cryptosporidium Meningococcal infection
Giardiasis Mumps
Hand, foot and mouth disease Norovirus
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)  Pertussis (whooping cough)
Hepatitis A Pneumococcal disease
Hepatitis B Ross River virus 
Hepatitis C Rubella (German measles) 
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)  Salmonellosis
Influenza and influenza-like illnesses  Shigellosis
Listeriosis Varicella (chickenpox)