Health and wellbeing

Infectious diseases and exclusion from child care, preschool and school

When children come into contact with or contract an infectious disease or infestation, there is a minimum recommended period they should stay away from school, preschool or child care.

Exclusion period

The SA Health exclusion from child care, preschool, school and work page has a full list of infectious diseases that may require children or adults to stay at home and recommends if a period for exclusion is required from child care, preschool or school.

Notification of outbreaks

If an outbreak of an infectious disease or infestation occurs at child care, preschool or school, parents will be notified through newsletters, daily bulletins, text messages or other similar means.

Infection control

You've Got What? - Department of Health. Provides information on infectious diseases including:

  • ways infectious diseases are spread
  • simple, practical advice for preventing the spread of infectious disease in the home and community.

Related information

Other websites

Communicable disease index - Department of Health


Department of Health - communicable disease control branch Phone 1300 232 272

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