The HSE has issued a revised version of the public health guidance for childcare services.
The changes relate to:
Face coverings: A reminder that staff in ELC and SAC services must wear face coverings when it is not possible to keep a 2m distance from other adults. Staff are also advised to wear a face covering when in close proximity to children if doing so does not pose a barrier to early learning and care. The guidance specifically notes that it is expected that use of face coverings will generally be practical when attending to school-age children. This aligns with the approach in schools. (page 11)
Ventilation: The Guidance emphasises the importance of ventilation (see pages 10, 11, 14 and 16).
Other: The Guidance also includes the most up to date information on spread of the virus (p.4), sampling and testing (p.5), vaccine roll out (p.6), periods of self-isolation and restricted movements (p.18) and a reminder to staff to minimise contacts inside and outside of work (p.21).
The revised guidance can be found here: Link to Hpsc guidance