Suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus within an early years and childcare setting

What happens if a case of Coronavirus is suspected within the setting?

If a child or staff member becomes symptomatic (new continuous cough, fever or loss or change in taste or smell) then they should isolate away from others until they can go home.

If staff need to be within 2m of the child, but without physical contact then they should wear a mask. If staff need to be within 2m of the child and there will be physical contact then staff should wear PPE (apron, gloves and mask). Read the latest PPE guidelines here. The child or staff member with symptoms will need to self-isolate at home for 7 days after the onset of symptoms and book a test. The household of the child or staff member with symptoms will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the same date. The bubble the child or staff member with symptoms is in does not need to self-isolate.

The setting should notify the local Health Protection Team at PHE on 0300 303 8162.

What happens if a child or staff member tests positive for Coronavirus?

If a child or staff member tests positive for Coronavirus then they will need to self-isolate at home for 7 days after the onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic, for 7 days after the test. The household of the child or staff member will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the same date. The child or staff member’s bubble will also need to self-isolate for 14 days from the same date.