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Confirmed – childminders and foster carers have access to regular testing 

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If you are a childminder, foster carer, bus driver who drives children to school, or you work in a before-school breakfast club or provide after-school childcare, you can all access the rapid lateral flow tests. 

The sorts of people now encouraged to routinely take up the rapid coronavirus tests – that give results within the hour – is growing. 

The latest update from the government has clarified the current position.   

The following people in England now have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing: 

  • Secondary school pupils and college students 
  • Staff of primary and secondary schools, nurseries and colleges 
  • People who live with or look after children at pre-school or nursery, primary and secondary school and college 
  • People who live with or who care for staff who work in nurseries, primary and secondary school and college 
  • And anyone who works in professions related to childcare and schools, including child minders, foster carers, breakfast club and after-school club workers, and drivers of children to school or college. 

Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon“If you’re not doing so already, I urge you all to take up lateral flow tests twice a week,” says Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon. 

Rapid tests can be taken at home using home test kits, available online from the NHS or to collect from NHS testing sites. 

Home test kits are not yet available from our Devon County Council community testing sites – we’ve applied to have them available to collect from our testing sites, and we’re waiting to hear from the government. 

Alternatively, people can come to any of our community testing sites to take the rapid test.  They’re really quick and easy and we’ll get the result back to you within the hour, by email and text. 

“These rapid tests are for people who don’t show symptoms,” said Steve Brown.   

“Routine testing like this is identifying people who are coronavirus positive, even though they showed no symptoms.  

Identifying them, so that they self-isolate, means they are not walking around with the virus giving it to other people.   

With more people now being regularly tested, we’re likely to see more positive cases being identified.  But that’s a good thing if it stops those people giving it to others.” 

The government published a new ‘step-by-step’ guide for COVID-19 self-testing, this week.