The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of COVID-19 in education and childcare settings. Local authorities, directors of public health (DsPH) and UKHSA health protection teams can recommend measures described in the contingency framework in individual education and childcare settings – or a small cluster of settings – as part of their outbreak management responsibilities
If a child under 5 tests positive
If a child under 5 tests positive, they are required to self-isolate for 10 days, as lateral flow testing is not recommended for children under 5 years. However, at parent or guardian discretion, the child may be able to leave self-isolation early if:
- they do not have a high temperature; and
- they take an LFD test on day five and six, 24 hours apart, and both are negative
If either of the lateral flow device results on days five or six shows a positive result, they should continue self-isolation until they have two consecutive negative tests, or their 10 full days of isolation is completed.
Under 5s who are household contacts of a positive COVID-19 case are not legally required to self-isolate, but should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19 and arrange for them to take a PCR test as soon as possible.