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NEWS: New travel rules and updated guidance for settings in England

An update for PACEY members in England around the current travel rules for passengers arriving in England, and what has changed in the latest operational guidance for early years and childcare settings. 


NEWS: Requirement for confirmatory PCR after positive LFD paused temporarily in England

Yesterday (5 January) the Government announced that the requirement to take a confirmatory PCR test after a positive result on a lateral flow device test (LFD) will be temporarily suspended.


NEWS: Self Isolation changes in Wales / Newidiadau i hunanynysu yng Nghymru

From 31 December, if a person is currently self-isolating as a positive case or a person tests positive for COVID-19 they must self-isolate for seven days / O 31 Rhagfyr, os yw person yn hunanynysu fel achos positif ar hyn o bryd neu os yw person yn profi'n bositif am COVID-19, mae’n rhaid iddynt hunanynysu am saith diwrnod.


NEWS: 2022 coronavirus updates for settings in England

As the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to bring challenges to education and childcare settings, the Department for Education (DfE) has shared some guidance and reminders for childcare and early years practitioners in England. 


NEWS: Strengthened measures in Wales / Cryfhau’r mesurau yng Nghymru

Strengthened measures to keep Wales safe as omicron strikes / Cryfhau’r mesurau i ddiogelu Cymru wrth i don omicron daro


NEWS: Self-isolation in England reduced to 7 days following negative LFD tests

The Government in England has announced that those isolating due to testing positive for coronavirus ‘in most cases’ may be able to stop isolating after 7 days, instead of 10. 


NEWS: Welsh Government Update / Diweddariad Llywodraeth Cymru

Welsh Government Update for childcare and playwork settings / Diweddariad Llywodraeth Cymru ar gyfer lleoliadau gofal plant a gwaith chwarae


NEWS: Update on childminder rules and testing of under-fives in England

PACEY has been working with Government and others in the sector to clarify the isolation and testing rules for under fives in England as well as mitigations that childminders with a positive case in their household can take to continue to support children and families.


NEWS: School arrangements in Wales / Trefniadau ysgol yng Nghymru

Welsh Government have today provided a written statement on school and colleges operational arrangements from January 2022. / Heddiw mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi darparu datganiad ysgrifenedig ar drefniadau gweithredol ysgolion a cholegau o fis Ionawr 2022.


NEWS: Government introduces daily testing for coronavirus contacts

Yesterday (14 December) the Government in England introduced a new approach for daily testing of coronavirus contacts, (whether the case is Omicron or a different variant). This means that some people will be advised to test daily with rapid tests. Previously, close contacts of an Omicron case were required to isolate regardless of their vaccination status.