Back to news listing

Next article

NEWS: Updated coronavirus support for practitioners in England

This week the new rules around self-isolation for fully vaccinated adults and young people under 18 years and 6 months came into effect.

PACEY’s coronavirus FAQs

Today we published our updated coronavirus FAQs (for England members) to reflect the current guidance and situation in England. Hopefully this makes it clear for PACEY members to understand what is required in this latest stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.  

We know that a lot of PACEY members are concerned around the rules around allowing 'close contact' children into the setting. We advise members that if you are worried about this, you should discuss your concerns with the parents, to decide what is best for all the families using your service. You can put in place additional arrangements if you feel it is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone in your setting. Further advice on this can be found in our FAQs.  

The DfE has updated its resources including:

  • Updating the Actions for Early Years and Childcare Settings guidance to reflect that the 16 August changes have now come into effect and making clear that unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months do not need to self-isolate when identified as a close contact.
  • Updating the contingency framework ahead of autumn term in line with wider government guidance and referencing this in the early years and childcare settings guidance.
  • Updating the DfE's ‘Contact Tracing From Step 4 Onwards’ FAQs in the Early Years and Primary Schools Document Sharing Platform.

Queries about coronavirus test kits

NHS Test and Trace has taken over management of the supply, ordering and delivery queries relating to rapid test kits. That means nurseries or pre-schools should contact the Test and Trace 119 helpline for any questions or issues relating to the supply, ordering or delivery of test kits. This helpline is open daily between 7am and 11pm. Childminders should continue to access test kits by ordering online or by visiting a testing or collection site. 

For all other enquiries about the rapid testing programme in education, settings are advised to continue to contact the DfE Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 046 8687 (opening times: Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 6pm). 

A reminder about teething and routine vaccinations

Vaccines and teething may cause a mild fever in children. Self-isolation is not required unless coronavirus is suspected. If coronavirus is suspected, the DfE recommends the child should isolate and get tested. Find out more from vaccination tips for parents and baby-teething-symptoms.If parents and carers are concerned about their child’s health, they should seek advice from their GP or NHS 111.