D&V Information

In April 2022, the UKHSA revised infection prevention and control advice for children and babies following cases of diarrhoea and vomiting. The well-established principle of keeping children off school, and prohibited from attending residential school trips, until 48 hours have lapsed after their last episode remains.

Health protection in education and childcare settings.

For the purposes of educational visits involving water based activities,  Chapter 6 of the guidance now recommends babies or children should not swim in public swimming pools or participate in school swimming lessons for 2 weeks after diarrhoea and vomiting has stopped. This would also apply to hydrotherapy.


Providing 48 hours have lapsed since the last episode, children may participate in pre-arranged residential trips, but they should be offered alternative activities to compensate for any planned swimming pool based events.

Further advice on outdoor education and educational visits is available from the Outdoor Educational Advisers Panel website.