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NEWS: Change to Covid test reporting for childminders in England

Since March, childminders have been able to access home test kits for regular coronavirus testing as part of the government's rapid testing programme. From 2 June 2021, the way in which childminders in England should report their Covid-19 rapid test result is changing.

Based on PACEY members' feedback and comments in our recent testing survey, we have been asking the Department for Education to allow childminders to specify their profession in the reporting process. We are pleased to confirm that this will now be possible from tomorrow (2 June). 

How to report your result

When uploading the test result on the reporting portal as an education provider, childminders will be able to state their profession as a childminder. This will allow the DfE to closely monitor the effectiveness of the testing programme in different parts of the childcare and early years sector. 

The full instructions for reporting results as a childminder can be found here.

How to get tested

The way in which childminders can access testing kits has not changed and instructions can be found on the gov.uk webpage. Childminders should continue to access coronavirus testing kits by ordering home testing kits online, visiting a lateral flow testing site or collecting home tests from a collection site

Thank you to the PACEY members who took part in our survey and provided feedback to help us push for this change.