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Illness in Your Centre

Protecting young children against infections is an ongoing process with special challenges. Children’s immune systems are still developing, which means they are more vulnerable to infection when exposed to new germs. Also, young children are far more likely to transmit an infection in a group setting by doing what comes naturally to them – mouthing toys, sharing utensils, playing closely with other children, holding hands, drooling and sometimes forgetting to wash their hands.

There are many circumstances when a child becomes ill while at your child care centre or arrives ill. The symptoms, child’s history and numerous other variables will help determine your course of action to manage the child while protecting other children and staff.

Last modified: February 19, 2020