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Government guidance
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.
Advice, training and support for childcare professionals
Last weeks case figures from BCP Council
Throughout the past few months we have experienced low case rates, but the situation has changed in the last couple of weeks and cases have risen quickly. This is also happening across the wider south-west region and England but case rates in the BCP Council area have more than tripled since last week.

We currently still have a low number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Dorset. At the moment our case rates are highest amongst younger, largely unvaccinated age groups. 

Data shows that the Delta variant is more transmissable than previous variants, and it is quickly becoming the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. In line with this, we have seen an increase in Delta variant cases locally over the last few weeks.

Preventing the spread of infection
Find links to resources helping to prevent the spread of infection. 
Further resources to preventing infection
Reporting COVID-19 cases

Please see these useful reminders of what to look out for and what to do regarding COVID-19 in your setting.

  • Remain vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms in children.
  • Request testing if any child has COVID-19 symptoms, prior to attending the setting, to exclude COVID-19.
  • Contact tracing and support from Public Health Dorset (PHD) (including, thinking about siblings in other schools and any notifying that might be required).
  • Use the Action Card in the link below for guidance on all the above.
Action Card version 7
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