Illness & medication

Choochoos has very thorough policies and procedures in place to ensure the health, care and well being of our children is paramount. We ensure our policies and procedures are up to date with the current legislation and guidance from the government, NHS, Public Health, Ofsted, EYFS and other agencies. This is to ensure our practitioners carry out the correct practices safely with our children.



 ‘During the coronavirus pandemic, Choochoos were very informative, we were always being kept up to date via email, good organisation and communication, thank you’, (Parent, November 2020).


Refer to policies & procedures in our lobby:

  • Infection Control.
  • Child Sickness and Illness.
  • Administering Medicines.
  • Managing Allergies.
  • First Aid.


  • At Choochoos we promote the good health of all children attending. To help keep children healthy and minimise infection, we do not expect children to attend nursery if they are unwell. If a child is unwell it is in their best interest to be in a home environment with adults they know well, rather than at nursery with their peers.
  • Unwell children will be asked to be collected by parents/carers.
  • Choochoos has an illness leaflet, stating the incubation periods and advice for many illnesses. We follow advice from Public Health, Ofsted and NHS. Parents/Carers can refer to our illness folder kept in our lobby, which displays our Illness leaflet and NHS guidance to many illnesses.
  • Choochoos regularly liaises with Public Health for advice and guidance on illness.
  • Choochoos promotes health through identifying allergies and preventing contact with the allergenic substance, through preventing cross infection of viruses and bacterial infections.
  • We promote the good health of all children attending through maintaining high hygiene standards and reducing the chances of infection being spread.
  • Our practitioners role model good hygiene practices to our children throughout the day.
  • Parents/carers are emailed and posters displayed in our lobby of any illness.



  • We follow strict guidelines when dealing with medication of any kind in the nursery.
  • Prescription only medicine will be given to our children when prescribed by a doctor, dentist, pharmacist or a nurse only and only for the person named on the dispensing label on the bottle/container for the dosage stated. As stated in the EYFS, 2017.
  • Medicines must be in their original containers, with the child’s name on.  Storage of the medication will be followed from the instructions on the  packaging.
  • If a child is prescribed antibiotics they are only allowed to attend in our care once they have been taking the medicine for at least 48 hours.
  • Children are not allowed to attend on any day if they come into nursery and have been given paracetamol, e.g. calpol. This is to prevent it hiding or masking an underlying illness.
  • For all medication the parent/carer must give prior written permission for the administration of each and every medication.
  • The parent/carer will complete a medicine form, with the child’s key person to enable the nursery to administer the medication(s) required. Parents must notify the nursery immediately if the child’s circumstances change, e.g. a dose has been given at home or a change in strength/dose needs to be given.
  • When the child is picked up from the setting, the parent/carer must be given an update as to the times and dosage given throughout the day. The parent/carer signature must be obtained confirming this information has been given.
  • At new registration of a child to the setting, parents/carers will be asked if they are happy to give consent to ‘emergency’ treatment being given to their child. This would be only deemed necessary for specific circumstances.
  • If further training for our practitioners is needed to administer the medication, training will be sought.
  • We can cater for any allergies, special requirements or medical requirements, with details being completed on to a care plan.
  • Choochoos staff are able to take action to apply first aid treatment in the event of an accident involving a child or adult. At least one member of staff with current first aid training is on the premises or on an outing at any one time.
  • First aid kits are available for access at all times.


 ‘During the coronavirus pandemic, Choochoos has been amazing, we feel like everything is safe and our child can be 3 without being worried or confused’, (Parent, November 2020).



Refer to our ‘policy & procedures’ section or refer to our policies and procedures folder in our lobby area for further information.

Click here to read our ‘Choochoos illness & incubation leaflet’.