UKHSA Infection Prevention and Control and Winter Readiness Toolkit
for Early Years and Education Settings

Welcome to the Early Years and Education Settings Winter Readiness site, from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) – South-West Health Protection Team.

Our toolkit is designed to help early years and education settings with planning and preparation for winter infections and outbreaks, and in outbreak investigation and management.

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 for Group A Streptococcus (GAS),  respiratory infections,  influenza and viral gastroenteritis. In addition, there are a wealth of other resources and links on the web sites of the various professional health and social care organisations.

Keeping infections out of your early years and education setting

Are you ready for winter?

Resources for dealing with infections in your early years and education settings

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

What do you think of our Toolkit?

Are we hitting the mark? Please let us know how useful this toolkit is by emailing

Need any more information or advice?

If you can’t find what you need online, 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.

Thank you for uploading the document to the South West Councils website