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.
The latest early years guidance has now been published and can be found in the link below. The updates cover:
operational guidance for early years settings which applies at Step 4
guidance removes restrictions such as keeping children in small consistent groups and wearing face coverings in communal areas
information about updating your outbreak management plan and what to do when an individual in your setting tests positive for COVID-19
close contacts will be identified by NHS Test and Trace. By the autumn term, children under the age of 18 will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact.
Acute respiratory infections outbreaks in childcare settings alert
The Health Protection Team is today sending alerts to all nurseries / childcare settings in the south west advising of the need to exclude individuals who are acutely unwell, and obtain a COVID-19 PCR test via the online portal or 119.
Children should remain at home until they have completed their 10 day exclusion period (if COVID-19 positive) or if they test COVID-19 negative by PCR, they can return to a nursery / child care setting once acute symptoms have resolved and they have not been feverish for at least 24 hours.
Nurseries are advised to always call the Health Protection Team if:
any children are hospitalised with acute respiratory infections
five children and / or staff with COVID-19 or fever plus respiratory symptoms (call the DfE Helpline Tel: 0370 000 2288 or local authority for outbreaks of confirmed COVID-19 where numbers are less than five)
you are a setting for children with special needs and you have more than two cases with fever as well as acute respiratory symptoms
you have an increasing and significant number of cases
you have any problems in implementing the relevant infection control measures
you have Influenza (different from parainfluenza) laboratory confirmed in anyone associated with the nursery.
Public Health Dorset and BCP Council would like to help boost opportunities for children moving onto school this September by providing grant funding for additional early years and holiday activity places to eligible children over the summer.
Find out about the grant funding and how you can help support children's transition to school in the link below. Expressions of interest are to be submitted by midday on Friday 16 July. A Zoom information session will be held on Monday 12 July 6.30 to 7.30pm where you can find out more about the transitions grant funding and ask any questions. To attend, please register via Eventbrite.
Following the success of pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Bournemouth more are being run at Bournemouth University’s Talbot campus so local people can grab their jab.
Run by Dorset HealthCare as part of a wider vaccination programme across the county, staff at the clinics will administer the Pfizer vaccine to anyone aged over 18 who needs their first dose. Just turn up!
You can also still book your vaccination at other locations through the National booking system – including local pharmacies – or access it via many GP networks. To find out more go to the Dorset vaccination programme information hub.
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