This topic covers the duty placed upon providers to promote the good health of the children in their care, to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and to take appropriate action when they are ill. It also covers accidents and their reporting.

Early years provision and nurseries are currently closed across the UK in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A section on coronavirus (COVID-19) is included here covering the need for some providers to remain open in order to care for some vulnerable children and for some children belonging to key workers. Please refer to the toolkit for additional coronavirus information and resources.

The rest of this topic covers the general duty placed upon providers to promote the good health of the children in their care, to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of infection, and to take appropriate action when they are ill. It also covers accidents and their reporting.

Related material can be found in the topics on Accidents and Emergencies, First Aid, Hygiene and Medicines.

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