From 1 April 2022, the Government is no longer providing free universal symptomatic and
asymptomatic testing for the general public in England.
There is some limited ongoing free testing available for:
• Social care staff
• A limited number of people who are at greater risk from COVID-19 infection.
Safer behaviours can still be used to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Precautions
remain particularly important to those who are at higher risk if they catch COVID-19, although
due to advances in vaccination and therapeutics, this group is now better protected. The
majority of people previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable are now advised to
follow the same general guidance as everyone else as a result of the protection they have
received from vaccination.
Individuals can still reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by:
• Getting vaccinated
• Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside
• Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come
into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high
• Trying to stay at home if you are unwell
• Taking a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, (if you have any LFT’s left) and staying at
home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive
• Washing your hands and following the NHS advice for all similar viruses ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.
Signs and Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
The symptoms of COVID-19 have been expanded and now include the following:
• a new, continuous cough
• a high temperature (over 37.8 degrees)
• a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
• fatigue and lethargy
• shortness of breath
• headache (that is unusual or longer lasting than usual)
We also request that all our parents/carers follow any guidance provided by the setting on any updates in relation to any Communicable Illness.
Follow the link below for latest NHS guidance
Expectations from parents and carers
To help us to keep all our children safe we need the support of all our parents and carers:
Please keep your child at home if:
- they show any of the symptoms mentioned above
- you have administered Calpol (or similar medication) prior to their nursery session
- they show any signs or symptoms of other illness (rash etc)