Public Health Agency

Nursery Guidance

It is important that basic infection prevention and control principles are embedded at an early age and simple procedures such as good hand hygiene should be encouraged with children in nurseries and childcare settings.

Outbreaks of infection have occurred in childcare settings and very often when this happens, they attract a high level of publicity. The advice within this document applies to playgroups, day nurseries, crèches, two year old programmes and out-of-school groups. The advice is also recommended to childminders as best practice that should be adopted as far as reasonably possible.

General guidance on the day-to-day implementation of good infection prevention and control practices, and specific actions to take in the event of outbreaks of infection, are included. Useful links to other advice and further information are also provided.

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