Public Health

Health Guidance [Updated 31/01/2023]

The priority for Early learning and Care (ELC) and School-Age Childcare (SAC) settings in Ireland operating during COVID-19 will be to ensure the health and safety of children, families and staff, while continuing to ensure quality practice to support children's well-being, learning and development. This section provides some helpful documents on health and safety.

Guidance for you and your setting
  • HSE Flu, Covid-19 and RSV Memo: 20230105 HSE memo to ELC and SAC services.pdf
  • – School, childcare and COVID-19
  • Management of Infectious Diseases in Childcare Facilities and Other Childcare Settings
  • HSE Viral and Bacterial Infections Memo
  • The HSE are seeing a significant increase in the rates of RSV infection; a respiratory virus which causes Bronchiolitis in young children. Symptoms of bronchiolitis usually include a runny/blocked nose, mild fever and cough. In babies, however, it can cause more significant difficulties in breathing and feeding and young babies are more likely to need hospital care. More details on Bronchiolitis can be found here:

    Bronchiolitis -

    Useful links