Can my child go to childcare today?

A quick guide for parents and carers to use when deciding on sending their child to childcare.

Does your child have have any COVID symptoms?

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Yes - they have a COVID symptom

  • Self-isolate and book a COVID test or call 119
  • Do not go to a GP, hospital or pharmacy for a test
  • All members of the household should stay at home until the test result is known.

Visit nhs.uk for advice on when to stop isolating and return to school after a positive or negative test.

No COVID symptoms but they have diarrhoea / vomiting

  • Keep at home
  • Remain off school until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.
  • Remain off school until they feel well enough to return. Seek medical help from a GP if needed (if your surgery is closed, use NHS 111 online and only call 111 if you cannot get help online)

A COVID test is not required for diarrhoea and vomiting without the other symptoms above.

No COVID symptoms but they feel unwell

  • Keep at home
  • Remain off school until they feel well enough to return. Seek medical help from a GP if needed (if your surgery is closed, use NHS 111 online and only call 111 if you cannot get help online).
  • Remain off school until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.

A COVID test is not required for diarrhoea and vomiting without the other symptoms above.

No COVID symptoms and they do not feel unwell

  • So long as your child feels well, has not been told to self-isolate and there are no other household members with COVID symptoms, it is OK for them to attend school.