Early Years

Government Guidance

Providers must ensure that Ofsted are informed alongside the Early Years Team. Please ensure you complete and send the below form to the Early Years Mailbox. earlyyears@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Reporting Covid cases to Early Years

Reporting cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth to Early Years

If you have any further questions please email your named Key Contact or email; earlyyears@buckinghamshire.gov.uk We will do our best to provide an answer or direct you to the most appropriate source of support.

As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. Contacts from a setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case and/or their parent or carer specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact. This is likely to be a small number of individuals who would be most at risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the nature of the close contact. You may be contacted in exceptional cases to help with identifying close contacts, as currently happens in managing other infectious diseases.

Settings no longer need to do contact tracing. Close contacts will now be identified via NHS Test and Trace and education and childcare settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing.

Settings will continue to have a role in working with health protection teams in the case of a local outbreak. If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in a setting (see local outbreaks section for more information) or if central government offers the area an enhanced response package, a director of public health might advise a setting to temporarily reintroduce some control measures.

The information below may be of help as a reminder of when to contact PHE regarding Covid cases. We would also remind you that reporting cases to your Key Contact is very helpful as it allows is to see pattern and trends across or county and support you more effectively.

Contacting PHE depends on the size of the setting. The diagram below shows that contacting the Public Health England health protection team is recommended if certain thresholds are met such as:

>5 cases in a class/group or

>10% of that group becoming cases within 10 days, or

>2 cases in high risk setting (SEN, Boarding schools, residential settings etc).

Therefore a smaller EY setting which had 20 (or fewer) children should contact the health protection team if they get 2 cases within 10 days

The email ICC.TVPHEC@phe.gov.uk may be the best way to do that.
Settings where that threshold is not met can still use the DfE helpline

Resources to help promote vaccine uptake within early years settings. Public Health England have a library of resources online which includes posters, social media assets, video content and much more. All of the resources are free to download and can be accessed through the following link: Resources - Coronavirus Resource centre (phe.gov.uk).

Additional Early Years Q&A document Contact Tracing From Step 4 Onwards.

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