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The latest government guidance for childcare settings during the COVID-19 outbreak is included in your early years and childcare web pages. Please see the coronavirus information section for childcare providers.
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Update from DfE on testing for childminders
I am pleased to confirm that, from today, there will be more options available to childminders to enable them to participate in the asymptomatic testing programme. This testing offer is also extended to anyone who works in an occupation related to a school, early years childcare provider, or college and their household, childcare and support bubbles. More information can be found here.

From today, all childminders will be able to access asymptomatic twice-weekly testing by either: This is a very welcome development for childminders. Testing will help to identify positive cases, particularly those who may have the virus and do not have symptoms. Those who test positive will then self-isolate, helping to reduce transmission of the virus.  All positive results from rapid tests undertaken at home do need to be confirmed with a standard PCR test.
 
In addition, the households, childcare and support bubbles of early years children are also able to access twice-weekly asymptomatic testing. More information can be found here.
 
The asymptomatic testing programme does not replace the current testing policy for those with symptoms. Anyone with symptoms (even if they recently had a negative LFD test result), should still self-isolate immediately according to government guidelines. Those with symptoms should follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and book a PCR test. 
DfE - asymptomatic testing in primary schools and nurseries
Update on deliveries of testing kits to private, voluntary and independent nurseries
Most private, voluntary and independent nurseries (PVIs) will have received an initial delivery of lateral flow device test kits, ready to commence the testing of staff from Monday 22 March. You can expect to receive a further delivery of test kit supplies between 24 and 26 March. These supplies should last another 3 to 4 weeks.

If your setting has received too many test kits, you will be able to keep them as stock to use as and when required. If you believe you have not been supplied with sufficient test kits, please use the nursery rapid testing delivery supply form to report this to us.

You do not need to take any action to receive your second delivery of test kits.
Delivery and supply form
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