Lateral flow devices for COVID-19 testing are starting to make their way into nurseries and pre-schools and staff have been told by the DfE that they are able to start using them from 22nd March.
The existing government guidance on rapid lateral flow testing was updated on 16th March and now applies to nursery staff, including anyone in the household or support bubble of nursery children and nursery staff. Households, childcare and support bubbles of nursery children will now have regular access to rapid lateral flow tests.
It has also published new guidance on lateral flow testing for private, voluntary and independent (PVI) nurseries and pre-schools in England.
Neil Leitch, chief executive of EYA, commented, ‘Nursery and pre-school staff will breathe a huge sigh of relief today as details of the long-overdue home testing roll-out are confirmed.
‘Given the close contact early years staff have with children, parents and colleagues, the ability to identify asymptomatic cases will be critical in keeping frontline nursery workers safe, and in work. While this is a hugely welcome step, it is one that the sector has had to fight hard for, and that should never have been the case.’
Childminders will now be able to order asymptomatic Coronavirus testing, putting them on an equal footing with other private and voluntary early years settings.