Covid-19 Guidance for Families and Settings
Test and Trace FAQ
What does the Track and Trace programme mean for early years and childcare settings?
As part of the national test and trace programme, the Health Protection Teams (HPT) of Public Health England will conduct a risk assessment and advise early years and childcare on the most appropriate action to take if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the setting. As appropriate, other children may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure. It is not expected that closure of the whole setting will be necessary where settings are following advice around infection control.
What is the definition of a close contact?
Within the Test and Trace process, a close contact is anyone who:
· had face-to-face contact of any duration (less than 1 metre away) with the case or
· were coughed or sneezed on by the case or
· had unprotected physical contact (skin to skin) with case or
· Spent more than 1 minute within 1 metre of the case or
· spent more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of the case or
travelled in a car or other small vehicle (even on a short journey) with a person confirmed as having COVID-19.
What is the infectious period? The infectious period is from 48 hours prior to symptom onset to 7 days after, or 48 hours prior to test if asymptomatic.
What if a child develops symptoms at the setting?
The advice I have received differs to what is shown on the setting’s flowchart. What should I do?
It is important that you follow the advice given by the HPT. There may be intelligence or details of your scenario which means a different path is more suitable. The risk assessment will help to determine what is right in your situation.
If you are have questions or concerns, you can raise these with
Annette Brooker (07760375164) – Cambridgeshire
Karen Hingston (07920160301) – Peterborough
Should we allocate all staff to bubbles?
It is a good idea to revisit your risk assessment and ensure that all staff are allocated to a ‘bubble’. Supernumerary managers do not need to be allocated to a bubble and should ensure that they are practicing social distancing. This means they will not be considered a contact if there is a confirmed case.
Should we allow a 7 day period from when a child finishes a holiday club to when they start back at school?
No this is not necessary.
Does the setting need to inform the LA of a possible case of COVID-19?
Yes. We would ask you to notify us of a possible case of COVID-19 by providing:
• Name of setting
• Number of children with symptoms
• Confirmation that the child/member of staff has booked a test
Please ensure you type ‘Possible COVID-19 case’ in the email subject header.
For early years settings or childcare providers in Cambridgeshire, this should be sent to EarlyYears.email@example.com For early years settings or childcare providers in Peterborough, this should be sent to Earlyyearsandchildcare@peterborough.gov.uk
Should a setting close to deep clean?
Advice on cleaning, and other infection prevention/control measures, when there is a confirmed case will be provided by the Health Protection Team of Public Health England. It is not necessary to close the whole setting to deep clean as a result of a case of COVID-19. It is advised that, if possible, children/staff are moved away from the area in which the symptomatic individual has been in order to clean.
Should we inform parents of a possible case of COVID-19 in a setting?
Should we inform parents of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a setting?
Yes, it is advisable to inform the affected bubble immediately and the wider setting community as soon as possible. Transparency at this time is important as it allows parents, children and staff to be even more vigilant. The HPT will provide the appropriate letter for you to use and as above personally identifiable information should not be shared.
Do we need to inform Ofsted of a possible case of COVID-19 in a setting?
No. You only need to notify Ofsted where the case is confirmed.
Do we need to inform Ofsted of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a setting?
Yes. You should notify Ofsted as soon as possible with details of the incident.