Coronavirus (COVID – 19)

Bright Beginnings continues to follow guidance set out by the UK government.

Those identified as a close contact will be informed by NHS Test and Trace. Children under 5 years old who attend an education or childcare setting and have been identified as a close contact are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily testing of close contacts. They are advised to take a PCR test if the positive case is in their household, and we strongly encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. Children do not need to self-isolate while awaiting PCR test results and may continue to attend their setting as normal. There may be parents who wish to continue with precautionary isolation and that is entirely up to you. It should be noted that any decision to isolate will be voluntary and therefore full charges will apply.

The Centre will continue to insist upon full PCR testing for any child or member of staff presenting with any of the named symptoms of COVID-19 and a negative result must still be shown prior to returning. Children aged under 11 do not need to do rapid tests as per government guidance, but we do encourage parents to test their children if they choose to do so. What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to the Centre and a PCR test must be booked at the earliest possible opportunity either by calling 119 or by booking online.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
• a new continuous cough
• a high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirussymptoms/.

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

If your child tests positive

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 using a lateral flow test or a PCR test, they must not return to the Centre and must stay at home and self-isolate. For more information regarding self isolation, please see the government website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronaviruscovid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/ 

We also ask you to report your child’s positive test to us via our Google form. As a Centre, we are required to report all positive cases to the local authority, hence the need for this information. However, please rest assured that all identifying information is purely for our purposes and will not be shared with the local authority or elsewhere. Please also continue to send all positive results received via NHS Test and Trace to brightbeginn[email protected].

From Monday 17 January, people in England who are self-isolating with COVID-19 now have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days. The day symptoms begin or you/your child test positive is day zero; the next day is day one of the isolation period. If your child tests negative with an LFD test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature, they can return to the Centre. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to Bright Beginnings immediately on day 6. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day.

All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace and the official email forwarded to [email protected]. If the result of either test is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. The chart presented explains the new guidance.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

Do
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• wash your hands as soon as you get home
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough
or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/