Covid updates: symptom list, PPE and guidance on respiratory infections

Updated NHS COVID-19 symptoms lists The NHS COVID-19 symptoms in adults and symptoms in children have been updated. Adults and children who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, should follow the UKHSA guidance. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with […]

Updated Covid guidance for Scotland

The revised Covid school guidance and Early Learning and Childcare provider notice documents have been updated and added to the National Improvement Hub (1 and 17 March 2022).

Changes to COVID-19 guidance in England from Friday 1 April

DfE have put out the following update for education and childcare settings: On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April. Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible […]

Update to the guidance for childminders where someone in their household has Covid

From Thursday 17 March, if someone in a childminder’s household has tested positive or has COVID-19 symptoms, childminders can continue to operate at home. Childminders are advised to follow the steps below to reduce the risk of onward transmission: the person who has tested positive or has COVID-19 symptoms should avoid contact with the children […]

Covid testing of staff in EY settings

The Government announced on 21 February that staff and students/children in all mainstream education settings (including PVI and maintained nurseries) are no longer advised to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing. You will no longer need to distribute test kits to your staff for regular testing.  Updated guidance was published on 21 February which can be […]

Removal of testing and isolation requirements in England

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 21 February about future Covid-19 regulations, changes affecting the early years include: From Monday 21 February, the Government is removing the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing. From Thursday 24 February, the Government will remove the legal requirement to […]

Covid cases no longer need be reported to Ofsted

From today settings are no longer required to notify Ofsted, or the childminder agency with which they are registered, of any COVID-19 cases in the setting. Cases that have not been submitted from the previous 14 days do not need to be reported retrospectively.

Updated guidance for providers

The guidance for early years and childcare providers has been updated: This update reflects the announcement on 19 January 2022 on the removal of Plan B measures. It also includes further updates in response to questions raised by the sector, including: Clarification on EYFS flexibilities Prioritisation of early years places if needed Changes to advice […]

COVID-19: changes to the self-isolation period

From Monday 17 January in England, the following applies to all positive cases, regardless of vaccination status. People who are self-isolating with COVID-19 have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have […]

Covid: new guidance for childminders

DfE have issued guidance on What childminders should do when someone they live with has COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive, or is self-isolating as a close contact.