Coronavirus Advice – Public Information Awareness Campaign

 

In relation to the recent ‘Public Information Awareness Campaign’ for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the HSCB wishes to draw attention to the Public Health Agency information available in relation to same, on the link https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus

 

Northern Ireland has full access to the NHS 111 Helpline service on coronavirus. Callers should press 1 when they are advised.

 

Please note that as the situation in relation to Coronavirus may be subject to frequent change the Public Health Agency regularly updates the information available on their website.

 

Registered Childcare

 

  • You will have to do this in line with your own policies and procedures which you may need to review and amend. Any resulting action you take should take account of any specific advice you may need to seek, or have been given, from the Public Health Agency and/or Environmental Health.

 

  • The Minimum Standards October 2018 at page 14 Footnote 5, references guidelines which the Public Health Agency have already  produced on Infection Control – “Infection, Prevention and Control – Best Practice Advice for Nurseries and childcare settings.”

 

 

  • Please review it against your own policies and procedures governing “Infection, prevention and Control” and/or  “Exclusion of Children from the setting.” You are also advised to review your equipment and resources to ensure they are sufficient for good hygiene and infection control.

 

  • If your service is directly impacted by this infection, you should seek advice  from the Public Health Agency in the first instance, following that you must inform your local HSC Trust Early Years Team to inform them, including the action you have taken, or are proposing to take to minimise or remove the risk to children, families and staff attending the facility. Please also inform your local Childcare Partnership Manager.

 

  • Notification to the Early Years team should include sharing the information you are providing to parents of children attending your provision.  If you are required to cease your service for any period of  time the local Trust Early Years Team will need to engage in discussion with you about this and to inform Family Support NI which holds the public register for childcare.