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COVID-19 – what this means for childcare settings

This short article describes what COVID-19 is, and the impact it has on childcare settings, as well as providing links to resources.

Now we have covered how to control and manage outbreaks, we will discuss the example of COVID-19 and how it has impacted childcare settings.

COVID-19 is a virus which causes acute respiratory distress. During 2020, the World Health Organisation declared it a public health emergency of international concern, which closed schools, shops and businesses across the UK. COVID-19 is still circulating and we need to be extra vigilant during this time. The government has developed guidelines to support day care facilities to keep children safe. The key thing to remember is that any child who is ill should not stay in a childcare environment.

To find the latest guidance on how to run your setting, please visit the government website for COVID-19 in early years settings. If you are based in England you can contact the Department for Education coronavirus helpline.

If you are worried about a child who is ill you can find more information on the NHS website.

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