Coronovirus Guide for Children

We recognise that the current situation will be worrying for many children. The guide below might be useful to help you talk to your child, supporting you to give enough information and help them feel more comfortable.

Coronavirus symptoms and what to do
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • loss or change of your sense of smell or taste

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


Please see the NHS website below, if you are concerned about possible coronavirus symptoms.


If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 10 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation for more information)

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 10 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section for more info).

If you can, 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.

If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible.


If you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
  • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
  • get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.

Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household.

Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.


Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser.


If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. 


Communicating to School a Positive COVID Test Result

If you receive a positive COVID test result over the half-term period or over the weekend for your child or a member of your household, please text or call the school mobile and leave a message giving details.  The mobile number is 07395 161339 (this phone will only be checked daily at half term and at weekends.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.


How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:


Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:


Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.