Keep up to date with the latest information about COVID on the County Council website pages:
COVID-19 Information about childcare settings duringthe Pandemic on the County Council Website
Nottinghamshire County Council have produced An Update for Parents and Carers of Children Attending Early Years Settings MAY2021
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 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
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
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 MAY 2021
Children’s Centre Services
Children's Centre Services Update 21st June 2021
Children’s Centres continue to provide a range of services for parents to be and families with children under 5 years old. These include family support and parenting advice, information and help with child development including communication, support for new parents, such as breastfeeding support and baby massage, help getting back into work and much more.
From June 21st - in line with Government guidance, the Children’s Centre Service will be re-starting Under Ones sessions and Stay and Play groups at our main sites.
Our priority is to keep everyone safe and enhanced cleaning is in place for the buildings, toys and equipment. Numbers attending groups will be limited so places will need to be pre-booked 2 days before the session.
We’ll need everyone to continue to wear face masks, maintain social distancing and not to come for any sessions if you or anyone in your household has Covid symptoms or has tested positive. You’ll also need to sign in on arrival and register for Track and Trace.
We will also be offering parents a “welcome back discussion,” to answer any queries or for you to let us know any concerns you may have.
To book a place please contact your local Children’s Centre Service team.
Contact details at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/childrenscentreservice
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 -
COVID Vaccinations - Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
This Covid 19 Vaccination Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Information Session by NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG contains information relating to pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility
Vaccination and pregnancy FAQs can be found on the NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG website:
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.