Schools and Nurseries Guidance

Winter Readiness Toolkit for Educational Settings

Welcome to the Educational Settings Winter Readiness site, from the South West Public Health England Centre, which has been hosted by our colleagues in NHS England and NHS Improvement South West.

Our tool kit is designed to help educational settings with planning and preparation for winter infections and outbreaks, and in outbreak investigation and management.

This year, we have added some new Covid-19 resources, as well as redesigning our resources on flu/other respiratory infections and viral gastroenteritis.  The resources are quick-reference documents, designed to be used as needed for your setting.

The toolkit complements the national guidance documents on the website COVID-19, influenza and viral gastroenteritis. In addition, there are a wealth of other resources and web links on the web sites of the various professional health and social care organisations.

Keeping infections out of your educational setting

Are you ready for winter?

  • Find out with our PHE SW self-assessment checklist

Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness for Educational Settings PHE SW educational settings IPC checklist

  • Immunisation:

PHE guidance on   Flu vaccination in schools

Resources for dealing with infections in your educational setting

Posters and Leaflets relevant for educational establishments


Are you wondering what HPT stands for, or what the CCG do? If so, have a look in the Glossary.

Need any more information or advice?

If you can’t find what you need on line, and think that we might know the answer, email This is for non-urgent enquiries. If we don’t know the answer, we may know someone else who does.

What do you think of our web page?

Are we hitting the mark? Please let us know how useful this toolkit is by completing our on-line survey.