Playgroup guide to common childhood illnesses

Whilst we would all love our children to be free from germs and illness; we also want them to spend time and have fun with other children.

Spending time in group settings such as baby and toddler groups, playgroups, nurseries and schools is often the first time that many children are exposed to the myriad of childhood illnesses and infections. Whilst good personal hygiene (using tissues to catch coughs and sneezes and washing hands properly) can help, children are still learning these skills and can often appear to catch every cough and cold going!

Obviously, some conditions are more concerning that others so we have put together a list of common illnesses and the required exclusion time from playgroup (and other group settings) which can be found here:


Further information from the NHS on common childhood illnesses can be found at:

For information regarding vaccinations try:

Whilst these sites may be informative, if you have any concerns regarding your child’s health, the first port of call is your local GP.