Alliance criticises DfE confusion over lateral flow tests for early years settings

Commenting, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:

"It is incredibly frustrating to see a representative of the Department for Education incorrectly state that all early years providers have been included in the government's lateral flow testing plans during an important evidence session, when this simply isn't the case.

"Guidance released by the DfE yesterday clearly states that only maintained nursery schools and primary school nursery classes will have access to these tests. Private and voluntary nurseries, pre-schools and childminders are still expected to access tests at community testing centres, despite the fact this often will require travelling long distances during working hours.

"There is absolutely no justification for this decision. All early years providers have been asked to remain open to all families, and so all providers should have equal access to the tests that will help them to do so safely."