What action will the nursery take if someone who has attended the nursery has tested positive for coronavirus?

We will take swift action if we become aware that someone who has attended the nursery has tested positive for coronavirus. We will contact the local health protection team and will work with them to carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

We will share with the local health protection team our records of:

  • Children and staff in specific groups / rooms
  • Close contact that takes place between children and staff in different groups / rooms.

Based on the definitive advice from the local health protection team, we will send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.

Following government guidance once we receive a template letter from the health protection team we will forward this to parents, carers and staff if needed. We will not share the names or details of people with coronavirus (COVID-19) unless essential to protect others.

If we have two or more confirmed cases within 14 days, or an overall rise in sickness absence where coronavirus (COVID-19) is suspected, we understand that this may be considered an outbreak. We will contact the local health protection team and will take advise as to if additional action is required. This may be to send a larger number of children home as a precautionary measure. The government advise states that if settings are implementing the controls from this list, addressing the risks they have identified and therefore reducing transmission risks, whole setting closure based on cases within the setting will not generally be necessary and will only be on the recommendation of the local health protection team.