Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.


Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.


What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.

  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus

What is a support bubble?


Urgent advice:Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms

  • you're not sure what to do

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.


Babies and children

Call 111 if you're worried about a baby or child under 5.

If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.

Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.

Get more advice about coronavirus in children.


If you, your child or a member of your household displays Covid 19 symptoms, please isolate with
your household immediately and inform the preschool.

 If your child displays Covid 19 symptoms whilst at preschool, your child will be isolated from
others, so please collect your child from preschool immediately (please ensure your contact
details are up-to-date these can also be emailed into preschool along with your child’s name
 We expect you to follow the social distancing guidelines outside of preschool for the
protection of all our children and staff.
 Please do not congregate outside of the classrooms/playground/preschool when dropping
off or picking up your child.
It is important that parents and families understand and are prepared for the fact that there will be
disruption from time-to-time. The new NHS test and trace system has now started and it is possible
that individuals or groups may be asked to isolate. This means there may be times when some
children will be asked to stay at home. This will be necessary to help keep the virus under control
and allow us to begin to do some of the things we perhaps have taken for granted in the past.

Your patience and understanding will be really appreciated as we all work together during the next
phase of ‘returning to normal’, and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!



Take Care and Best Wishes

Preschool Team

UPDATED August 2021