Latest Government Guidance

Roadmap out of lockdown

Lateral flow testing for households & bubbles of school pupils & staff

All adults living or working with primary school children are expected to self-administer Lateral Flow Tests twice weekly, regardless of whether the adult has been vaccinated, register the results online and act upon the results.


Get tested for Coronavirus at a test centre

Find your nearest home test kit collection point 

N.B. Not all Test Centres supply LFD kits for collection so please check the link.  As at 5.3.21 Finsbury Leisure Centre, Sobell Leisure Centre, Bentley Rd. Car Park, Tesco Superstore Hackney DO provide kits.  Islington Town Hall DOES NOT.

If you are unable to collect, order online (limited stock available)

What to do if we advise you that your child has to self-isolate for 14 Days

  • We will write to you if we have identified that your child has been in close contact with a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID- 19). In this instance, in line with the national guidance, your child must stay at home and self-isolate until the date specified in your letter.
  • If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.
  • Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID- 19) infection who do not live with the person

Self-isolation guidance (from the above link)

IMPORTANT information which applies to your child 

  • Stay at home for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.
  • Do not go outside even to buy food or other essentials, and any exercise must be taken within your home.
  • Self-isolating at home for the 14-day period will help protect your family, friends and the NHS. Self-isolating at home in this way can also protect the most vulnerable in society, by reducing the chance of a second wave of COVID-19 in the wider community.
  • If you are living with children, keep following this guidance to the best of your ability, however, we are aware that not all these measures will be possible.
  • Not all these measures will be possible if you, or those you are living with, have significant conditions such as learning disabilities, autism or serious mental illness. Please keep following this guidance to the best of your ability, while keeping yourself and those close to you safe and well, ideally in line with any existing care plans.
  • If you live with clinically vulnerable people or clinically extremely vulnerable people, stay away from them as much as possible, following this guidance. For the clinically extremely vulnerable please follow the shielding guidance.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

  • If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119.
  • People who do not have symptoms should not request a test unless this has been specifically requested by Public Health England or the local authority.
  • All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
  • The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.
  • Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

PHE ‘Stay at Home’ Guidance

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  new continuous cough and/or

  high temperature and/or

  a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the website at

Check symptoms

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19


  wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  wash your hands as soon as you get home

  cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Downloads and resources

Coronavirus - a book for children