Comm 3

Waverley Gate

2-4 Waterloo Place



Date       13 January 2022

Advice to Parents/Carers

Nursery/Early Learning Setting

Dear Parent/Carer

In recent days we have been made aware of a member of the Brunstane Nursery community who has tested positive for COVID-19. This letter is to inform you that your child has been identified as having been in ‘low risk’ contact with this person. This means they may have shared a space or had some other low risk contact in nursery/setting.

There is no need for your child to isolate unless contacted separately by Test and Protect and asked to do so. The Nursery/Early Years setting remains open and your child should continue to attend if they are well.

The public health judgement that these types of contact are low risk is based on a range of factors, including vaccination rates, evidence about transmission from children and young people, and the low risk of direct health harms to children.

If your child or anyone in your household develops any symptoms of COVID-19, the symptomatic person must not come to school, they must self-isolate and should have a PCR test as soon as possible. The rest of the household are not required to self-isolate whilst the test result is awaited, but they are advised to do daily LFD tests and monitor closely for any symptoms developing. Further information and guidance can be found in NHS Inform. Further information on testing can also be found on or by phoning 119 if you cannot book online.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: new continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

Please be reassured that for most people coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. Children are at particularly low risk of illness from coronavirus infection and, although our understanding of the Omicron variant is evolving, there is no evidence of a higher risk at present. For those people who are eligible, vaccination is highly effective at preventing severe disease.

To help reduce the risk to your family and your nursery community, please also:

  • Consider supporting your child to take a lateral flow test before returning if you and they wish to do so. This is not required, but can provide you, your child and the childcare setting with reassurance.
  • Please ensure that all test results, whether positive, negative or void, are recorded on the online portal at: OR by phoning 119.
  • Arrange vaccination as soon as possible, if you or anyone eligible in your family have not yet been vaccinated. Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19 causing anyone to become seriously unwell.
  • Adopt additional caution if meeting with friends or family who you know to be at higher levels of risk.
  • Wear a face covering in line with guidance, keep your distance, keep rooms ventilated, and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.

You can find more trusted advice on

Yours faithfully

Health Protection Team

NHS Lothian