Key messages

  • In Victoria, primary schools and children’s services, such as childcare centres and kindergartens, have a responsibility under the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 to exclude certain children with some infections and also some contacts of those children.

Excluding an unwell child – what to do

In Victoria, primary schools and children’s services, such as childcare centres and kindergartens, have a responsibility under the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 to exclude certain children for periods as specified in the regulations. There is also a responsibility to follow any direction to exclude a child that is made by the Chief Health Officer. If your school or service has a sick child, you must:

  • ensure that unwell children do not attend your school or service, as per national guidelines (Staying healthy: preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services, 5th edition)
  • isolate children who became unwell during the day from other children and send the unwell child home as soon as possible
  • exclude the unwell child
  • if you are considering actions such as alerting parents, or displaying signage, call the department on 1300 651 160 who may give advice on whether such as action is required

Infection spread and management

You can further assist the department to manage the spread of infection by ensuring that all staff are fully immunised and know their immunisation details.

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