This Staying healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services replaces the 4th edition and represents an increased focus on a risk-management approach to infection prevention and control principles in daily care activities.

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1864965541 Print
1864965568 Online

Staying Healthy provides educators and other staff working in education and care services with simple and effective methods for minimising the spread of disease. It contains more ‘how to’ advice on procedures and discussing exclusion periods with parents.

The advice is presented in six parts:

  • concepts of infection control
  • monitoring illness in children
  • procedures
  • issues for employers, educators and other staff
  • fact sheets on diseases common to education and care services
  • forms, useful contacts and websites.

Six posters (to be used in early childhood education and care services) and three information sheets (for parents) have also been developed and are available for download below.

Fact sheets on croup and warts were unintentionally omitted in the first printed edition of the 5th Edition of Staying Healthy. NHMRC has produced an updated version of the 5th Edition which includes these two fact sheets. NHMRC has also taken this opportunity to make some minor amendments to the publication, which are outlined on page iii of the publication. The fact sheets and updated guideline are available below.