When to send your child to school/early years setting

This flow chart may not cover all scenarios. Please also see the detailed NHS guidance.

Does your child/household member have one or more of the following common coronavirus symptoms?

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough, this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if the child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste


Do not send your child to school/early years setting. Arrange for them/household member to be tested or call 119. Notify school/early years setting.

Self-isolate child at home until test result is received. If test is positive, tell school/early years setting immediately.

Child can return to school/early years setting if:

  • child/household member test is negative; or
  • self-isolation period is over; and
  • the child is well enough.


Does your child have symptoms? For example, sore throat, earache, stomach ache, runny nose, skin rashes, vomiting and diarrhoea.


If your child is too ill to attend, tell your school/early years setting. They can return when well enough to do so.

Not sure? NHS advice: Is my child too ill to go to school/early years setting? If further medical help is needed, contact your local pharmacy or GP.

Only use NHS 111 phoneline for an urgent medical problem or if you are unsure what to do.

Do not get your child tested unless they have one or more coronavirus symptoms.


Send your child to school/early years setting

Further guidance and help

NHS guidance on what your test result means and on self-isolation. Hampshire residents who need support to self-isolate can call the Hampshire Coronavirus Support Helpline: 0333 370 4000