After weeks of uncertainty, childminders and nannies in England will now be able to order lateral flow test kits for regular asymptomatic Covid-testing at home thanks to ongoing lobbying that PACEY has undertaken. The Department of Health and Social Care has amended its guidance on twice weekly lateral flow testing to include 'anyone who works in an occupation related to a childcare provider, school, nursery or college, and their household, childcare and support bubbles'.
Under this definition, childminders and nannies along with their households and ‘bubbles’ can access testing in the following ways:
PACEY, along with other stakeholders has been lobbying the Government to make home kits available for all early years and childcare providers, after many childminders and nannies in England reported difficulties in accessing testing at community sites. PACEY members helped secure this important support by sharing their experiences in our recent survey and taking part in our #NotAtArmsLength social media campaign.
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:
“We like our members are relieved that at last the thousands of childminders and nannies denied access to home testing can now use these tests at home. This means they and the families they support can benefit from the same reassurance that nurseries, pre-schools and schools having been enjoying for some time now.
"We thank our members who helped us to make the case to government that this change was vital to help stop the transmission of the virus and reduce its impact on childminders and nannies. Sharing their first-hand experiences with us and raising awareness of the issue on social media was a key driving force in convincing DfE and DHSC to commit to supplying tests to them as well as all other registered providers.
"There is still lots to be done to ensure that childminders and nannies have equal standing with others in the education and childcare sector and today’s announcement was a positive step towards this.”