How many days did your DC miss this year? What's "average"?

(91 Posts)
PoppyWearer Wed 24-Jul-13 17:22:10

From what I saw on MN and observed from friends' DCs and at our school, with the cold winter there seemed to be more illness than usual this school year. Right?

Somehow DC1 (just finished Reception) escaped relatively unscathed and had one day off all year, when she had a bad cold and was completely exhausted. There were days back in Jan/Feb when almost half her class was missing, so how she managed not to catch any of the nasty bugs going round is a miracle!

(Not at all a stealth boast - there were other children in the school that managed 100% attendance (DC1 was upset she didn't get a sticker for attendance). Which absolutely amazes me!)

How did your DCs get on? Just curious if this was a bad year or not, and what to expect in years to come.

Dredging my memory as a child, I can recall missing a few days due to usual childhood illnesses, but did have one or two years with 100% attendance, when I was a teen.

Runningchick123 Wed 24-Jul-13 17:28:18

My eldest one had two days off during the whole year which is amazing considering he has a lot of illnesses and has had a hospital admission during the year.
My youngest is very fit and healthy and he had 3 and a half days off during the year.
My children have to be genuinely ill to get the day off - fever, sickness pain etc. I wouldn't let them have the day off for a common cold but lots of parents do and this affects attendance enormously. I accept that colds spread around and are very contagious but I wouldn't be off work with a cold, wouldn't expect the teacher to be off and so don't expect my child to be off with a cold either.

CaptainSweatPants Wed 24-Jul-13 17:29:41

Ds - no days

Dd - 1 day

I'm very very lucky they don't get ill much

tribpot Wed 24-Jul-13 17:31:34

Ds had 6 days but he fractured his collar bone. Year before was either 0 or 1, I can't remember but I know it was high enough to get gold for attendance.

PoppyWearer Wed 24-Jul-13 17:43:47

So maybe things weren't as bad as I thought?

simpson Wed 24-Jul-13 18:08:43

DD - 1 day
DS - 2 days

But I do remember when over half of DD's class (and 1 teacher) were off with a sickness bug.

girlonfire Wed 24-Jul-13 18:14:34

Ds1- 1 day
Ds2- 3 days

missmapp Wed 24-Jul-13 18:17:51

Ds1 - 1 day

Ds2- 0 days

but, they have both had chicken pox already and that did the rounds, so we missed that!

ArabellaBeaumaris Wed 24-Jul-13 18:17:54

DD1 had 96.94% attendance - 11 days off. That represents a broken collarbone, a severe UTI, a few long weekends. All authorised - she's in reception.

Galena Wed 24-Jul-13 18:31:44

DD has had about a million days off preschool. Colds hit her really hard because, as she has cerebral palsy, everything takes about 4 times the energy it takes an able bodied child. Where another child might cope with a day at school with a heavy cold, she physically cannot find the energy she needs. Also, she is too poorly for school for at least a week when she has a cold (spiking temp, sick, wheezy, etc). I'm dreading Reception next year!

AryaUnderfoot Wed 24-Jul-13 18:33:27

DS - 1 day for illness and 1 day for holiday (authorised).

He started nursery full time when he was six montths old and caught everything going. He must have had a cold continuously for six months after starting. He now very rarely gets anything.

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 24-Jul-13 18:38:55

I day each through illness (they are 16 and 14)
Ds had 5 days authorised absence to visit Australia.

insanityscratching Wed 24-Jul-13 18:52:20

Six days, 1 for the after effects of a migraine (she sleeps 15 hours after being sick) and 5 authorised holiday. Good enough for me. It's the luck of the draw really we might not have a holiday next year but dd might have repeated illness instead and so end up with lower attendance.

DS nursery - 1 day - broken arm (at nursery).

DD2 reception - 1/2 day - Split her chin open at school (same day as DS)

DD1 year 4 - 2 days Sickness bug.

The most dc have missed from school since is 5 day's last year when dd1 had flu.

Guitargirl Wed 24-Jul-13 18:55:26

DD - Year 1 - 100%
DS - playgroup = 100%

MadeOfStarDust Wed 24-Jul-13 18:55:40

zero for my 2 for the past 2 years - touch wood - they literally have not been ill.... not a cold, not a D&V, no broken bones, nothing.... I'm aware we are "on borrowed time" and they will probably be off for a month next year, but hey ho...

LaundryLegoLunch Wed 24-Jul-13 18:59:44

Ds1 - 0 days (in two years)
Ds2 - 1.5 days

ShoeWhore Wed 24-Jul-13 19:02:09

About 2 days each.

girliefriend Wed 24-Jul-13 19:04:31

Not sure how many days but dd had 93% attendance which i don't think is too bad!

mrsravelstein Wed 24-Jul-13 19:04:47

ds1 had 2 days off (y7), the first sick days he's ever had, he has a cast iron constitution and never gets ill

ds2 (reception) had about 10 days off, all for one hideous fluey bug thing that school kept sending him home for every time i thought he was better

dd (nursery) loads, probably 10-15 as she's one of those kids who throws up every time she's remotely under the weather, so had to keep her off for 48 hours afterwards each time

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 24-Jul-13 19:07:42

3 - two off with a vomiting bug, and one authorised to go to a wedding
I don't have much in the way of back-up childcare, so she's got to be properly ill to stay at home.

Glittertwins Wed 24-Jul-13 19:09:53

Both of them had 2 days off for D&V then 2 further days authorised leave before Christmas. They've had 100% attendance since January.

Wafflenose Wed 24-Jul-13 19:10:01

My Reception child had 1.5 days off. I really can't remember what the half day was for - maybe she was tired in the early days. The full day was on a Monday, following sickness all day Saturday and the 48-hour rule.

My Year 2 child had an awful winter, with a bad chest infection, tonsillitis, 2 flu-type bugs and then a nail infection later in the year. 3 courses of antibiotics. During all this, she managed to grow a lot, so was just weak for a while. I think she missed 6 or 7 days for illness, and 1 for a music competition.

PoppyWearer Wed 24-Jul-13 19:11:56

Thanks for all replies so far, interesting to see and nice to know my DC1 wasn't unusual because it seemed she was surrounded by children taking lots of days off for bugs!

pointythings Wed 24-Jul-13 19:23:00

DD1 (Yr7) 2 days - first time in 3 years she's been ill, I virtually had to sit on her to get her to stay home but she was really ill.

DD2 (Yr5) 0 days. For the 3rd year running.

My two are very lucky with their immune systems.

hippoherostandinghere Wed 24-Jul-13 19:37:21

0 days for DS. He was the only child in the class with full attendance. He did have chicken pox this year but timed it well in the half term holidays.

redskyatnight Wed 24-Jul-13 19:38:54

DS (Y4) - 2 days, the first he's had off since starting school (he only gets ill in holidays!)
DD (Y2)- 0 days

Again, blessed with children with strong immune systems, though I think some of this comes down to the fact that they were frequently ill during their pre-school years.

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 24-Jul-13 20:58:22

Until this year the total number of days DD had had of since starting nursery at 3 months of age was under 10. Year 4 what a disaster she developed migraines and has had 14 days off due to these though things are getting better now due to preventative medication. However, academically this has been her very best year including moving up by two whole NC levels in Maths. The teacher believes DD actually thrives with challenge and adversity shock as migraine is not the only problem she has had to deal with.

Xihha Wed 24-Jul-13 20:59:32

DS (yr4) - 2 1/2 days off because of hospital appointments due to an accident a school (he ran into a tree!)

DD (nursery) - 16 days, poor girl managed to catch every bug that went round, including measles.

PatriciaHolm Wed 24-Jul-13 21:01:39

Neither of mine have been actually ill (they never are!) DS has had 2 days off for an op.

youarewinning Wed 24-Jul-13 21:03:25

DS - 1/2 a day. Must have been sent home ill - I don't remember and was surprised that was it!

Elibean Wed 24-Jul-13 21:06:09

dd1 had several days off in Foundation and KS1 years...7 in Y2....but only one day in Y3, and none in Y4.

Basically, her immune system has now been fine tuned by all the early years bugs wink

That, and luck.

My ds had 7.5 days off 2 for d&v and 5 days for chicken pox 0.5 for dr appointment his was just over 95%.

Periwinkle007 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:22:18

5 days from 2 sickness bugs

Ds (year 1) had 3 days off sick and 1 day off for a hospital appointment in a different city.
Dd (nursery pre school) no days off, she saved her illnesses for weekends!

Meglet Wed 24-Jul-13 21:24:27

DD at nursery - 3 days.

DS, Y1 - 3 days.

ThisIsMummyPig Wed 24-Jul-13 21:28:37

DD1 - Reception 1.5 days
DD2, playgroup 3 days a week, 1 day (and she was better by 9.30!)

Tiggles Wed 24-Jul-13 21:29:53

DS1 and 2 both had 6 half days off, all for hospital appointments, not 'general sickness'.

MrsDeVere Wed 24-Jul-13 21:30:12

My five year old got 100% attendance.
My 10 year old had about 98% but he has every Monday afternoon off for therapy and has been sick a few times so I am a bit confused. Some of that 2% is down as unauthorised but I cba to challenge it as I am already pissed off with the school about something much worse.

Its down to luck IMO.

spiderlight Wed 24-Jul-13 21:32:16

DD (Y1) - three days with chicken pox and one day when he had a bit of a cough and a slight fever first thing, so I opted to wait and see for an hour or so, and by mid-morning he was fine but I had a raging fever and was too ill to take him round!

Last year he had one day off because there was a truly rotten cold/cough going through the school and the YR teacher came out at hometime on the Thursday and ordered us all to keep them home on the Friday if they so much as looked as if they might sniffle to try and break the cycle. He wanted to go in and I wanted to send him in, but I was a bit scared of the teacher! blush

spiderlight Wed 24-Jul-13 21:33:34

(Just to clarify with the chicken pox, he came home with it on the Friday and had the worst of it over the weekend, so we did do the statutory five days!)

I'd have to check but IIRC it was four days - two days actually poorly and two days to satisfy the "48h since last vomit" rule. One single day and one three-day.

Ds1 has ADHD and autism and was going through dx so missed loads of days for appointments and various OT sessions and the like (we're an hour from the closest big town so travel time takes 2 hours for each appointment, plus 1-2 hours for the appointment itself so a whole school day lost to most of them). He also had a few nasty bugs... 23 days officially on his report but I suspect the school were smudging the numbers to save us getting a nasty letter from the DOE as it passed 20 by my reckoning back in march.

Dd developed asthma this year so missed more than usual, 9 days. She had perfect attendance last year though.

Ds2 has SN too and missed months of playschool between one thing and another.

Dd1 - 2days - she suffers when her tonsils flare up - she generally struggles on but obviously gave in.

Dd2 - 1 day - can't remember why, nothing too major though. Have been lucky with less sickness now they are older.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 24-Jul-13 21:52:40

Ds1 4 days (authorised holiday)

Ds2 5 days (4 authorised holiday and 1 sick - was a Friday so nly needed the 1!)

DS1 - 1 day (funeral of close family friend).

DS2 - none.

DD - none.

DS3 - none.

Last year was similar, and the year before.

Mine did get lots of minor viral illnesses when they were younger, so perhaps they are now immune to most stuff.

DD1- 6 days, from just unlucky illnesses.

DD2- 2wks4dys apparently (18dys) because of mental health reasons, and a bug sweeping the school and as a result of GAD.

DS- none. 100% attendance.

Jbck Wed 24-Jul-13 21:55:42

DD1 100% attendance, DD2 99% (got sent home sick one day and had next day off)
DD2 only started this year so pretty good but she had lots of stuff at nursery.
DD1 not usually too bad but only 2nd year she's had 100%, starting secondary this year so t looks good for transition, just luck though.

Karoleann Wed 24-Jul-13 22:17:26

Ds1 (year2) - 5 sick days and 2 snow days
Ds2(reception) - 1sick day and 2 snow days.
Dd(nursery) - 2 sick days.

All children had a half da unauthorised when my friend visited from Australia in June too.

thefuturesnotourstosee Wed 24-Jul-13 22:35:23

DD just finished year 2: 2 1/2 days - was sent home from school with a sudden onset stomach bug which introduced itself when she informed her teacher she didn't feel very well then was violently sick all over her

Year 1 100% attendance

Reception - hospitalised with a nasty virus on a drip and missed 3 days (and endlessly complained she wasn't allowed to go to school!!)

MrsTedMosby Wed 24-Jul-13 22:48:11

DS1 - 100% attendance (for last 3 years!)
DS2 - 2 days off
DS3 - 3 days off
DS4 - 1 day off
DS5 - 1 day off

DS2's school says 48 hours off for sickness which is why he had 2 days while his brothers who were sick at the same time only have to have 24 hours off school.

DS2 & 3 had 100% attendance last year. DS4 nearly did, but got chicken pox and had the last week off school. DS5 had 93% last year, he was in Reception and got everything that went around, including getting chicken pox twice (though second time was in the holidays, same time as Ds3 had it)

ArabellaBeaumaris Wed 24-Jul-13 23:29:29

Just realised that DD only had 5 days absence, not 11 - I was struggling to work out how she'd missed so many days. 2 days holiday, 3 days illness/fracture.

Cat98 Wed 24-Jul-13 23:38:27

Ds had a week off with chicken pox, and one other day with an ear infection. Total all year - 6 days. A lot less than most of his friends (year R).

chickensaladagain Wed 24-Jul-13 23:44:18

11 yo had 100% attendance

9 yo had 3 weeks off due to a strep infection which triggered a massive eczema flare up resulting in a 3 day hospital stay

School thought eczema wasn't really a good reason to keep her off so I sent her in and they rang me within an hour to collect her as she had made herself bleed, a lot !

Oblomov Thu 25-Jul-13 09:40:43

ds1(9) 2 days.

OP, I think this is VERY unusual.
At our school, November and December, we had a spate of cough, cold, sore throat, flu , virus etc. Many children were off for over a week. Many people said their children were ill for most of Christmas.
The statistics of this thread, don't represent, what actually happened to many parents, in RL.

MirandaWest Thu 25-Jul-13 09:48:00

DD year 2 had 2.5 days off - was sick one morning before school and so was off for 48 hours. Half day I had to pick her up at lunchtime as she had temperature and was feeling rotten.
DS year 4 wasn't off at all.

I'm lucky that they both generally have good immune systems - think a lot of it is luck of the draw tbh

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 25-Jul-13 10:00:19

My DD was off for 3 days. One was approved holiday when we had to travel for a wedding. The other two were both sickness. She also had one day off in the snow but that was because school was closed to YR - we're a short walk from school so could have got her there if they'd opened.

cory Thu 25-Jul-13 10:00:47

ds (13) had about 8 days off: two virus infections with fever

dd can't really be counted- has been on half days after breakdown

from my own childhood I remember that I was rarely ill; my older brother was ill all the time

we were parented in exactly the same way and expected to go to school unless really ill- his immune system was just a bit sluggish

children are all different

5madthings Thu 25-Jul-13 10:05:36

Ds1 had one day off.

Ds2 had loads of time off, a week for a v&d bug he was so poorly with it he was nearly admitted to hospital. Then he was back at school for one day and got the flu and had another week off, i think the v&d bug had left him worn out and he is a skinny thing with no teserves iykwim so was just knocked for six with the flu.

Ds3 a few days but cant remember what for.

Ds4 loads again as he had a few pukey bugs and the rule is 48hrs off, most of the time he was only sick once but then had to have another two days off each time. Plus i have given him the odd day off when he was shattered as he was in reception and was just knackered at times.

They all had five days each that was authorised for holiday.

Have to say this was a crap year illness wise, it was in the run up to xmas and over cmas as well and i have never known a year like it, they were dropping like flies at school and i was ill and dd and dp were ill as well and dp never catches these things. I was so ill i had to get dp tp come from work. They have all been.fine since new year it was nov/dec time they were all ill.

Elibean Thu 25-Jul-13 10:12:57

Should add that, whereas my two have been lucky this year and had virtually no time off, I honestly don't get the 'wow well done' thing about attendance - unless its not illness/health related.

Totally baffles me. When I was a kid, I had loads of tonsil and throat infections, and missed quite a lot - 17 days, I remember seeing on one school report. I still did very well, and I was off because I was ill, simple. And no one commented or seemed to mind.

Perhaps its a British thing, the 'mustn't take time off if ill' thing? A remnant of stiff upper lips?

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 25-Jul-13 10:13:36

I do think it's a bit easier if your children have been at nursery. Their immune systems are a bit more built up so less likely to have tons of sick days during the first couple of years at school. Also something like chicken pox knocks you back quite a lot of days sickness - my two have both had it at nursery so won't have that on their school record.

Our school starts action on attendance at 97%, so 5.5 days over the whole year. I think that' pretty harsh.

DiamondDoris Thu 25-Jul-13 10:17:40

One year my DD had 99% attendance. This year quite bad for both DD and DS - continuous vomiting bugs. Also, because of their special needs (DD diabetic and DS asd and other issues) days off for appointments with doctors, nurses, dieticians, you name it. In a way, I wish those types of absences weren't counted.

3MonthMaid Thu 25-Jul-13 11:42:52

In reception 0 days off. In yr1 9 days shock including 7 days authorised holiday naughty parents

PoppyWearer Thu 25-Jul-13 12:08:42

Thanks everyone, really interesting!

Agree with what others have said about nursery attendance helping. My DC1 is pretty robust and had most illnesses before starting school.

mimbleandlittlemy Thu 25-Jul-13 17:13:00

DS has just finished Y6. 100% attendance record for the first 6 years then 1 day off for taking a school entrance exam this year. He was very hacked off as it meant he didn't get the full 7 years at 100% even though it was authorised absence.

DD had 1.3 days off apparently - 99.35% attendance. The 0.3 is presumably when she was in at about 11.00 after a music exam. The one day was illness, it should have been two but I absolutely honest to goodness thought she was going back after 48 hours but I'd got my sums wrong and it was only just over 24 hours. blush

School has had a bad year for illness, staff and pupils. I really REALLY hope I didn't contribute to that.

Fuzzymum1 Thu 25-Jul-13 22:38:52

My DS3 (y1) has 94% attendance for the year - that's quite low as he had a nasty flu virus that knocked him off his feet with temperatures over 39c for over a week and while he was still getting over that he caught a stomach bug that took a good few days to shift and meant he missed his own birthday party Ofsted would like to see all attendance at 98% or higher but that's pretty hard to achieve as that's less than 4 days off per year.

funnyossity Thu 25-Jul-13 22:49:57

Ghoul I think that is harsh for primary. This year was a very bad year for our local primary with record low numbers on a few days. Lets hope the sunshine this summer has given everyone's immune system a boost.

Bumply Thu 25-Jul-13 22:50:08

Ye gods, all these healthy dc make mine look even worse.

Ds1 had a particularly bad year. Developed a squint which gave him double vision which have him headaches so he was off loads before he had an operation to fix the squint. That required two weeks off school for recovery and he still got occasional headaches adjusting. At one point he was taking the piss and claiming to be worse than he was thinking that he'd caught up after legitimate reasons the odd day here and there wouldn't matter. Teachers had to have words with him to get him back on track, saying he had to improve or he wouldn't be allowed to stay after next years exams, but he then got a throat infection caught off me (I was off work for a week).

Ds2 had the usual few days here and there of coming down with a cold which affects him badly triggering his asthma but thankfully not bad enough to put him in hospital as it used to

Frikadellen Fri 26-Jul-13 10:58:21

Ds had 100% one of only 5 childreb in his school of 108.
Dd3 had 5 days of 3 with tonsillitis and 2 withtthe worst womiting bug I have ever experienced. She was actually sick on the Wednesday and off Thursday and Friday buteeven Sunday night were we uncertain if she would go to school the next dau. School kept a close eye and sent her to a quiet room for the last hour of the day she was exhausted.
Unsure what dd1 and 2 had must ask to get their numbers of them. Will be 2 or 3 day's each

No1 son had one day off - he is 13 and that's the first day since he was 6 - he has had 4 days in total off school in 8 years.

No2 son also had 1 day off - he is 12 and that's his 5 day off school in 7 years.

So I would say our average is half a day a year but most of that is concentrated on the early primary years.

iseenodust Fri 26-Jul-13 15:58:22

DS had 2 days off. Exams and transition day for new school in Sept.
He sulked mightily at not getting 100% attendance as he was in school just not the right one for those purposes !

labtest Fri 26-Jul-13 18:14:23

My daughter has been having treatment for leukaemia for the past two years but managed 68% attendance this year (year one). Her teacher told me she has nowhere near the worst attendance in the class!

sparkle12mar08 Fri 26-Jul-13 18:48:02

Ds1 Yr2 has had at least four days off sick (authorised), and we took him out for a day unauthorised to go to a family event. Ds2 Reception has had the same unauthorised day and I think two days sick. Both were full of colds and winter bugs when in nursery and pre school, and the year that ds1 went to nursery was awful for dh and me as well - he just bought all the new bugs home and we all got them. I had at least eight separate colds in the six winter months that year.

We've also been late to school twice this year when they were both still asleep in bed at 8:15am after an awful week of activities and both seemed to be sickening for something on top. I just thought fuck it, they obviously need the rest, and took them in when they woke which was about and hour late all in all. I did phone school and let them know though.

CouthyMow Sat 27-Jul-13 12:38:11

DD - none, 100% attendance.
DS1 - 39 days, but he had a systemic streptococcal infection and then appendicitis and an appendectomy...
DS2 - 12 days, due to hospitalisation for chronic brittle asthma.

CouthyMow Sat 27-Jul-13 12:49:28

DD who had 100% attendance DID have illnesses - 3 throat infections, a UTI and two d&v bugs, but each time she was ill it was holidays, or a Friday evening that she came down with it, and well enough for school by the Monday. She's in Y10.

DS1 has NEVER had time off like this - I joked with the HT that as he had had 100% attendance from YR, he was taking ALL his sick days in one school year! He was in Y6, and managed to get lvl 6 in his Maths SATS, and lvl 5a in the reading & writing SATS test and the same in the SPAG SATS test. He was mad because he was trying to get 100% attendance for the whole 7 years of Primary!

DS2 was in Y4, and having 12 days off is hardly anything for him, as one of his asthma meds (not routine, but when he's really bad he has to have it) lower his immune system, which means that if CP is going round the school, he can't attend until a week after the last confirmed case, so he has often had to take over 5 weeks off at a time. 12 days is nothing really for him.

Isthisme Sat 27-Jul-13 16:31:08

DD - 1
DS - 0

junkfoodaddict Sat 27-Jul-13 20:58:36

I'm a teacher and usually I have a couple of days a term off - very bad cold, chest infection or a throat infection. I'm asthamtic and despite what one poster said on the first page, some colds affect people in different ways, some worse than others and believe me, it can be pretty grim to have to teach to a class of thirty with a streaming, nose and eyes and not being able to teach phonics properly because you can't make some of the sounds!!! Also grim for thirty kids to be staring at it!!!

Anyways, this year for me has been horrendous. In fact horrendous for the school. At one point we had to contact disease control or similar at the council for advice as we thought we may have had to shut school to stop the spread of viruses.

I arrived back at work in September after 9 months maternity leave so had zero immunity to all the usual bugs and germs. I have just triggered a 'meeting' due to so much time off but this year I have had; 2 x throat infections, 2 x tummy bugs, flu, bronchitis, ear infection a sudden and horrendous allergic reaction to penicillin which required an immediate trip to a&e from school, colds and god knows how many UTIs!!! And that doesn't include my sons chest infections and measles (despite having jab - he was that 1 in 10).

This year, my family has been damned unlucky with the germs. Some people are lucky to have a fighting fit immune system and everyone responds differently to infections, even colds. I know of one child who had 5 chicken pox spots yet another who was covered from head to toe (when I had them aged 2, I was hospitilised!)

I also have children in my class though, that have time off because they're tired. One girl has 80% attendance and aprt from 2 weeks when she had a tues/weds or weds/thurs off, every one has been a monday or a friday - typical days for feeling tired.

Flyingtree Tue 30-Jul-13 01:26:20


Of course nobody is going to admit on Mumsnet of all places their child has less than an impeccable attendance record.

But take away this information and process it as fact and you'll be happy enough living under your acquired illusion.

froggiebabies Tue 30-Jul-13 01:38:57

A bit relieved to see a few lower attendees on the thread now. My yr.1 dd missed 21 days this year. She had the chicken pox and also recurrent tonsillitis. She had tonsillitis six times during term time and gets a scarily high temp with it. Also she is asthmatic and high temps have a tendency to trigger an attack.

The school have been totally fine about it.

sparkle12mar08 Tue 30-Jul-13 07:37:38

WTF Flyingtree?! Nobody here is blagging or lying, you can see the spread of attendances people have experienced. My family have been lucky this year, but it would have been a different story three years ago at nursery I can tell you.

fuckwittery Tue 30-Jul-13 07:51:29

Odd flying tree.

DD has had I think 2 days off, one was actually me who was v ill and I'd taken a sleeping pill too late and couldnt get myself together to get her in blush
One day of proper illness, she never gets ill
5 days authorised holiday

DeWe Tue 30-Jul-13 08:08:23

Dd1 (year 7) 0 days (usual-she hasn't had a day off since year 3 when she had pneumonia)
Dd2 (year 4) 10.5 days (4 medical appointments for long standing condition-usual; 1 day (in 2 halves) for medical appointments for new condition-not usual; 1 day approved absence for sporting activity-never done that before; 4.5 days illness-about usual-2 sickness bug days and 2.5 days migraines)
Ds (year 1) 16 days (mostly ear infections, but tonsilitis too, unusually little he had double that the previous year)

VelmaDaceDinkley Tue 30-Jul-13 08:19:54

DD got 95% attendance. She has time off for chicken pox and tonsillitis. Also 1.5 days when we went on holiday (authorised).

zingally Tue 30-Jul-13 11:52:54

Thinking back to my own school days... Perhaps 3 a year? It was usually a heavy cold that got me days off. Very occasionally a sickness bug.

Zingy123 Tue 30-Jul-13 12:02:03

This year DD2 had 100% and DD1 only missed half a day as she was sick on a friday lunchtime and sent home.

DD1 has been at school for 6 years and DD2 for 4 years. The maximum either has had off is 3 days a year.

They both get bad throat infections but usually these are in holiday time.

Scruffey Mon 12-Aug-13 17:51:15

Ds - 3 days (year 2) - chest infection
Dd - 16 days (reception) - tonsillitis, nasty coughs, temperatures

Added to dd's days off for illness, she also picked up a verucca and a wart on her foot. And both kids got nits!

All of the above resolved over summer.

People's kids on mn don't seem to get ill as much as mine. All the bugs come from school though. I always send mine back fit and healthy and full of energy, lasts a few weeks until the bugs start going around.

BabiesAreLikeBuses Mon 12-Aug-13 22:59:19

Dd - 98% attendance, 1 day authorised hol and first 2 days of reception for vomiting bug, first time she has ever vomited!

Ds - 94%, 1 day auth for hol, 2 for vomiting bug and remainder for two bouts of tonsillitis. I was really pleased as the previous year he had tonsillitis at least 4 times and getting time off work was awkward!

tiggytape Tue 13-Aug-13 09:15:19

Well hopefully all of those with good attendance records are pleased that the children with bugs do take time off else the whole class would be catching all sorts of nasties and nobody would have a good attendance record. That is afterall half the point of staying away - either the child feels so ill that they cannot come in or feels fine but is contagious so shouldn't come in.

DD and DS haven't had any time off for holiday or even illness as such (DD was ill but it coincided with the Easter break). However they both have quite a few half days off for hospital visits. This cannot be helped as they see consultants who do not operate clinics outside school hours and this will go on for many years.

123caughtaflea Thu 15-Aug-13 22:44:41

1 day after a hospital admission (burn, nasty), 2 days with a winter flu virus, temp so high he couldn't stand.

Then 5 days excluded, which is authorised absence. Don't comment please, I am still on the edge of tears when I think about it and it was 2 months ago.

Myliferocks Thu 15-Aug-13 22:55:50

DD1 has endometriosis and is at college. She's probably had between 5 and 10 days off all due to the endometriosis.
DD2, DD3 and DS2 have probably had between 2 and 5 days of each due to illness.
DS1 has has an awful year. His attendance has been below 85% due to his asthma. He's been off school a lot because he's been on antibiotics and steroids. Probably at least 20 days in total.
We also took them on holiday back in October for a week which meant them missing school on top of the illness days.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now