HPSC has published as of yesterday, 18 January 2022, updated versions of the following documents which will support you in the operation of your ELC/SAC setting:

Isolation quick guide for parents and guardians of children older than 3 months and up to 13 years of age


Isolation quick guide – Adults and children from their 13 th birthday


FAQs for schools, early learning and childcare and school-age childcare managers or those hosting sports/social activities for children aged 3 months to less than 13 years, or in primary school


Quick Guide for Schools/Childcare Facilities – Management of cases and close contacts of COVID-19


Quick guide to Public Health advice for cases and contacts for non-variant of concern, including Omicron and Delta


For future reference all updated documents are linked on the First 5 website https://first5.gov.ie/guidance


A number of providers have been in contact with the Department in relation to section 1 of the Isolation quick guide for parents and guardians of children older than 3 months and up to 13 years of age and whether a child can return to Early Learning and Childcare after day 7. The HPSC have provided the following clarification to this query: Yes, the child can attend childcare after day 7, provided their symptoms have substantially or fully resolved for the final 2 days (48 hours) of the self-isolation period.


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