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COVID-19 Information about childcare settings duringthe Pandemic on the County Council Website
Nottinghamshire County Council have produced a factsheet Covid-19: Information for parents and carers about childcare settings during the National Lockdown in England 2021 UPDATED JANUARY 2021
Childminders in Nottinghamshire can now access home test kits to allow them to undertake regular twice weekly self-testing using lateral flow device tests.
Any individuals who have sustained contact with school children will be eligible, including households of school children, members of support bubbles, childcare and those in related occupations. Tests are free, fast and easy to use. And you can easily report test results online.
We encourage childminders to take part in regular testing through one of the following routes:
- Through your employer, if they offer testing for employees
- At a community testing site (no appointment needed) you can be tested there, with results in 30 minutes https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/coronavirus/asymptomatic-community-testing-for-covid-19
- Collect home testing kits from a community collect site, you can find your nearest site here: https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/
- Order test kits online for home delivery https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Regular testing for those without symptoms is a critical tool to safeguard the population and stop the spread of the virus as sections of society is opened up. Regular testing will help to find cases that would otherwise have gone undetected. Testing, alongside staying at home, following the rules of Hands, Face, Space, getting a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and self-isolating if that test is positive all remain critical behaviours to keep reducing the rate of infection and protect one another.
You can find out more about what is involved in testing here.
Advice to Key Workers, parents and carers of vulnerable children about schools- see the latest information from Nottinghamshire County Council here
Returning to School After Lockdown
To help support children returning to school after lockdown Nottinghamshire County Council have produced the some guidance (Feb 2021) which you can view online here or download by clicking the below image
Covid testing for households of nursery and primary school aged children
Below is a guidance leaflet from NHS Test and Trace on the rapid Covid testing for households with children at nurseries and primary schools, and an Easy Read Guide for pupil's and parents on how to do the test
Latest DfE Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 23 Feb 2021) for parents and carers of children who attend:
- after-school clubs
- holiday clubs
- community activities
- other out-of-school settings for children and young people aged 5 and over
A guide to help parents and carers choose a safe out-of-school setting is also available called Keeping Children Safe during Community Activities, After-School Clubs and Tuition
What should I do if my child gets symptoms of COVID-19? What happens if there are cases at my child’s school?
- If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms, keep them home from school and get a test. Let your school know the test results as soon as you get them.
- Everyone in your household should stay at home while a person with symptoms is tested, and afterwards, in line with NHS self-isolation guidance, if the test result is positive.
- Your school will let you know if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 and your child needs to be isolated. Schools will provide home learning for children who need to stay at home.
- If you have children at different schools or in different bubbles, and one of your children is in a group which has been sent home to isolate, there is no need for any other household members to stay at home, unless the child develops symptoms.
Roadmap Out of Lockdown Spring 2021
Read the COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (Summary) for more information Published 22 February 2021
COVID-19 Lockdown January 2021
Read the full Government Guidance on the National Lockdown
COVID 19 Alert Levels
The national government have put in-place COVID Tier Levels. Click on the images below to see what the restrictions for each level are.
To find the latest level for your area you can use the Government postcode checker by clicking on the image below:
For more information about Nottinghamshire visit the County Council Coronavirus (COVID-19) pages
Flu Vaccinations for Children
Government is encouragng parents to get eligible children vaccinated against flu this year because people at risk from flu are also vulnerable to the complications of COVID-19 and children under the age of five have the highest rate of hospital admissions due to flu.
See the Government leaflet Flu: 5 reasons to vaccinate your child
For more guidance for parents and carers download the leaflet Protecting your child against flu
For a simple guide to which flu vaccine you child should get click the image below:
What to do if you're child is unwell
Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home.
Hints and Tips for Parents and of preschool children staying at home - Some guidance from Early Childhood Services on learning and activities to do at home, keeping a routine, keeping active, keeping safe online and at home, and sources of local support - UPDATED FEBRUARY 2021
Looking After Ourselves is a fun and interactive website for primary aged children to help them plan their day while schools are closed and we all have to stay at home. Created by an NHS team who work with primary schools. A Parents Guide is also available and provides some links to additional resources
Keeping Children Safe Online during Covid-19
Here are some places to go to for advice and to go on with your children and play games and do activities with them to encourage them to stay safe and have fun learning and playing online.
This organisation works to remove sites with inappropriate images of children and make the internet safer place. They have a reporting system in place as well as working with other agencies or try to remove child abuse images from the internet
Reports can be made at: https://report.iwf.org.uk/en
This magazine and webpages are produced by Vodafone and are packed with online safety advice.
This website is currently offering free resources for parents and cares who are home schooling on their Home School Learning Hub
School Closures and Free School Meals
The UK government has launched a new voucher scheme for children eligible for free school meals. Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at participating supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus. If your child is eligible, please contact your school, or find out more using the link below:
Government is advising that those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.This group includes those who are:
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed in the guidance (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- those who are pregnant
During these unsettling times, you may have health and wellbeing concerns about your baby or young child and be unsure how to get the help you need. Parentline health practitioners are still here to help, click here to find out how you can get in touch by text
Educational Psychology resources to support adults, children and young people
Public Health England
Advice on how to stop the spread of Coronavirus
Click on the images to enlarge the posters
Useful diagram to explain what you need to do if a member of your family gets sick and you need to self isolate.
Some guidance from the World Health Organisation on keeping physically active during self isolation or quarantine, with some suggestions of home-based exercises
Coronavirus: Accident Free, Avoid A&E
The best thing that anyone can do to help our amazing NHS fight and beat coronavirus (COVID-19) right now is to stay at home.
This also means avoiding going to A &E, to take pressure off frontline health services. But while heeding the advice to stay at home, we need to be aware that more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else – you could say the home is the most dangerous place to be, with 6,000 home accident deaths across the UK every year.
We need to make sure we and our loved ones are safe from serious injury, wherever they are and whatever they are doing during the pandemic emergency. That’s why RoSPA has launched the Accident Free, Avoid A&E campaign to help keep everyone free from serious accidental injury in this new world.
Find resources on their website: https://www.rospa.com/Campaigns-Fundraising/Current/Coronavirus or on their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels
Beat the Heat: Coping with the heat and COVID-19
Guidance from Public Health England on coping with the heat
Keep up to date with the latest County Council information for parents and carers about childcare setting during the pandemic
Nottinghamshire County Council have produced An update for parents and carers of children attending an early years setting MARCH 2021
Children’s Centre Services
National Lockdown 3 January 2021
What does this mean for Children’s Centre Services?
Our priority is to keep everyone safe and offer support to families, over the phone, online, or in person where needed.
Many of our Children’s Centres are open – on an appointment only basis and our teams are working.
1:1 family support, breastfeeding support, support with new babies, Freedom Programme, Forest Schools and PHEW wellbeing sessions are still running.
Healthy Start Vitamins are available to collect and the FOOD Clubs are open – all appointment only.
If you come to a Centre, please wear a face covering, wash your hands, sign in and keep to social distancing rules. If you feel unwell, please do not come.
Baby Self Weigh has been paused during the lockdown. If you have concerns please contact the Healthy Family Team.
BABES Groups and lots of other activities, including play and early learning activities are available online.
If you are not sure whether we can help, please phone us.
For more information please take a look at our website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/childrenscentreservice
Can a child attend more than one setting?
Parents and carers should be encouraged to limit the number of settings a child attends, ideally ensuring their child only attends the same setting consistently.
There may be situations where a child needs to attend more than one setting, for example, children attending a childminder before their nursery opens so that their parent or carer may go to work.
Can a setting accept a child of school age if their school cannot accommodate them?
Early Years Children can attend as normal, but for School aged Children, they must qualify under the definition of Vulnerable or the child of a Critical worker - see the Vulnerable children and children of critical workers guidance
Can providers continue to provide Out of School Care?
Children are only entitled to Out Of School Care if they qualify under the definition of Vulnerable or the child of a Critical worker – see the see the Vulnerable children and children of critical workers guidance
Can parents be charged if they choose for their child to not to attend?
This is entirely the decision of each Provider according to the contracts that are held with parents.
Can Early Years practitioners be considered for a vaccination if we are expected to remain open?
This issue has been raised with our local Public Health teams who have said that this is being considered at a National level. This will be a Public Health England decision, not a local one.
Coronavirus: A book for children newly written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts and aimed at children can be downloaded here
Children's Guide to Coronavirus produced by the Children's Commisioner can be downloaded by clicking the image or following the link below
Answers children's questions about coronavirus
Tells children how to stay safe and protect other people
Helps children make the best of their time at home
e-Bug education resources for classroom and home. See their Coronavirus information page at https://e-bug.eu/eng_home.aspx
Early Years Alliance advice for childcare practitioners on talking to children about the virus can be found here: https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/how-talk-children-about-coronavirus
Covibook – is a short book to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. This does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. Designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic. Can be printed so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times
Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
During these unsettling times, young people may be worried about theirhealth and wellbeing and be unsure about how to get the help they need. ChatHealth school nurses and public health nurses are still here to help - click here to find out how to text them for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.
Some videos to help teach children about Coronavirus and the importance of handwashing
The Health for Kids and Health for Teens websites have been updated with information about the coronavirus.
These webpages provide children and young people with age-appropriate information to explain the coronavirus and the things they can do to help stop the spread of the virus and look after themselves physically and emotionally during this unsettling time.
Health for Kids
Health for Kids: Grownups
Health for Teens -
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and caring for your baby.
The Lullaby Trust has put together the latest advice for if you are pregnant or have a young child.
Read the latest guidance released by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Tommy's - the charity that provides mid-wife led health information for parent's-to-be has produced some Q&As based on the official guidance from the RCOB which will be updated as more is known.
Infant Feeding during the COVID-19 outbreak
Breastfeeding advice during COVID 19 from Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust
Guidance from Unicef can be found here : www.unicef.org.uk
Registering a new birth during COVID-19 outbreak
Registration Service Update
If you’ve recently had a baby, you’re normally legally required to register the birth within 42 days. Registration offices in West Bridgford, Arnold, Mansfield, Newark, Retford and Worksop, are now open, but by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call the County Council’s Customer Service number on 0300 500 8080.
The Government has postponed the rules about registering a baby’s birth within six-weeks of their birth and restrictions have been lifted so that you can claim child benefit or universal credit without registering the birth.
For more information visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/births-deaths-marriages-and-civil-partnerships/births/how-to-register-a-birth
Flu Vaccinations 2020
All pregnant women should have the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their babies. The flu vaccine can be given safely at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards.
Pregnant women benefit from the flu vaccine because it will:
• reduce their risk of serious complications such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
• reduce the risk of miscarriage or having a baby born too soon or with a low birth weight
• help protect their baby who will continue to have some immunity to flu during the first few months of their life
• reduce the chance of the mother passing infection to her new baby
The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19. But it will help protect you against flu, which is an unpleasant and potentially serious infection that can cause complications leading to hospital admission. Helping to protect against flu is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu.
You can get the free flu vaccine from your GP, or it may also be available from your pharmacist or midwife
For more information download the leaflet The Flu Vaccination Winter 2020/21 Who should have it and why
The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire community support and volunteering hub has been set up as a ‘golden number’ for all enquires to the council for people who want to offer their services and volunteer and also for members of the community who may be in need of additional support during the Covid-19 emergency.
Families in need of assistance should be encouraged to look at the online directory (link below) and to make their own enquiries, alternatively they can call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 8080 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.