Testing and isolation changes in early childhood sector

Testing and isolation changes in early childhood sector

NSW Health has updated its testing and isolation guidelines for Early Childhood Education Services.

Testing and isolation is no longer mandatory, but remains strongly recommended for contacts of a positive case in early childhood settings.

Mandatory requirements only apply for household contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case. If a child or someone in their household tests positive, families must follow NSW Health testing and isolation requirements.

If a child shows symptoms they should remain home until symptoms end.

Before they can return to a service, staff and children at department preschools must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test if they have been absent or excluded due to showing symptoms of COVID-19 or being a confirmed positive case. This is not mandatory for early childhood services run by other organisations.

All educators and staff must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, and are encouraged to get a booster when eligible.

Staff mask wearing in indoor early childhood settings is required.