Many children first enter early childhood centres at a time when their immune systems are still developing. They may not have been exposed to many common germs that cause infection and they may be too young to be vaccinated against some diseases. The way that children interact in early childcare centres means that diseases can quickly spread in a variety of ways. Children, particularly younger children, will have close physical contact with other children and staff through regular daily activities and play; they often put objects in their mouths; and they may not always cover their coughs or sneezes (Based on material provided by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council).

It is not possible to prevent all infections in early childhood centres. However, the information on the below pages can help guide your polices and practices and prevent many infectious diseases and control their spread (Based on material provided by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council).

Content on this website under 'Keeping your Centre Healthy' is based on material provided by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council - Staying Healthy Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services, Fifth edition 2012 (Updated June 2013), National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government.

To view the complete resource visit the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council website here.



Last updated 25 May 2017.