Last reviewed 3 September 2020

The Government has published new guidance for early years providers in England on how to manage a potential Covid-19 outbreak.

This information is contained within action cards that have been designed for specific sectors where an outbreak could occur and are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on-hand within organisations.

The guidance is aimed at leadership and management of early years providers including schools with registered early years provision, as well as childcare and childminders to children between 0-5 years but does not cover nannies or au pairs.

The action card for early years settings provides an overview of how to identify, report and respond to a potential outbreak, as well as the types of information an early years provider might be asked to give to their local health protection team, and examples of actions they may be advised to put in place.

The guidance defines a potential outbreak as more than one confirmed case of COVID-19 at an early years setting occurring within 14 days of each other. At this point early years providers should follow the steps on the action card and immediately contact their local health protection team for help and advice.

The full guidance is available here.