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NCT course safety guidance has been compiled in line with the relevant guidance currently in place for UK nations and Islands and RCOG / RCM recommendations for pregnant women, and has been created in consultation with an independent health and safety advisor. 

NEW: NCT Antenatal course and NCT Early Days course sessions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been moved online until 21st January 2022 to give you the best and safest experience.

Updated 17th December 2021.

England

NEW: NCT Antenatal course and NCT Early Days course sessions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been moved online until 21st January 2022 to give you the best and safest experience.

To help keep you safe indoors NCT will:

  • Ensure venues are Covid-safe.
  • Follow national Covid guidance to determine maximum attending numbers.
  • Set up room seating and activities so social distancing can be maintained at all times (2 metres).
  • Take safe steps to ensure rooms are adequately ventilated and high-contact areas and equipment are cleaned to maintain Covid-safe practices.
  • Provide hand sanitiser where not available.
  • Only provide equipment or materials on a single-use basis.
  • Request the course leader takes a rapid lateral flow test before each session in line with updated government guidance on when to take a lateral flow test in England (and seeks a PCR test, and self-isolates in line with government guidance, if a positive result is received).
  • Ensure that only one person makes drinks for the group if in a venue with facilities to do so; avoiding self-service where multiple people touch the same items.
  • Support national Covid-19 contact tracing services.
  • Provide alternative delivery options for course sessions affected by circumstances related to the risk of Covid-19 infection within the course group.
  • Provide alternative options for course sessions missed due to circumstances related to Covid-19.

         
To help keep everyone safe you need to:

  • Wear a face covering at all times if you are able to (unless you are exempt or eating/drinking). NB: Once your baby is here and you’re attending a postnatal reunion session or an Early Days course with them, face coverings may not be mandatory in certain types of venue in England. Therefore, for these sessions, we ask that you enter the venue wearing a face covering (unless you are exempt), you'll then be advised if it is mandatory or not.
  • Be respectful and give people space. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may in the third trimester of pregnancy, feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Not move furniture, i.e. chairs and tables, closer than they have been placed by your course leader. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Catch any coughs or sneezes and dispose of tissues hygienically.
  • Use on-site toilet facilities at your own risk.
  • Use on-site baby-change facilities at your own risk and bring your own baby-change mat if possible (applicable to reunion sessions).
  • Please do not share food and drink and bring your own refreshments where possible (depending upon venue facilities NCT may be unable to provide refreshments).
  • Swap to online Zoom session delivery should circumstances related to risk of Covid-19 infection in your course group require this.
  • Take a rapid lateral flow test before each session, in line with updated government guidance on when to take a lateral flow test in England, if you can.
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if you have Covid-19 symptoms, a positive Covid-19 test or are required to self-isolate in line with national guidance. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Consider not attending a session if you are a close contact of someone who you do not live with has tested positive but are not required by national guidance to self-isolate. Notify your course leader and if you choose not to attend, we’ll provide alternative options. 
  • Leave a course session if you develop Covid-19 symptoms. 
  • Notify your course leader if you test positive for Covid-19 within 48 hours of attending a session. 
Scotland

NEW: Following guidance changes in Scotland on 14th December 2021 - here. NCT Antenatal course sessions in Scotland are moving online. This change applies to NCT Antenatal courses currently running and those beginning up until the middle of January 2021.
 

To help keep you safe indoors NCT will:

  • Ensure venues are Covid-safe.
  • Follow national Covid guidance to determine maximum attending numbers.
  • Set up room seating and activities so social distancing can be maintained at all times (2 metres).
  • Take safe steps to ensure rooms are adequately ventilated and high-contact areas and equipment are cleaned to maintain Covid-safe practices.
  • Provide hand sanitiser where not available.
  • Only provide equipment or materials on a single-use basis.
  • Request the course leader takes a rapid lateral flow test before each session in line with updated government guidance (and seeks a PCR test, and self-isolates in line with government guidance, if a positive result is received).
  • Ensure that only one person makes drinks for the group if in a venue with facilities to do so; avoiding self-service where multiple people touch the same items.
  • Support national Covid-19 contact tracing services.
  • Provide alternative delivery options for course sessions affected by circumstances related to the risk of Covid-19 infection within the course group.
  • Provide alternative options for course sessions missed due to circumstances related to Covid-19.

          
To help keep everyone safe you need to:

  • Wear a face covering (unless you are exempt).
  • Be respectful and give people space. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Not move furniture, i.e. chairs and tables, closer together than they have been placed by your course leader. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Catch any coughs or sneezes and dispose of tissues hygienically.
  • Use on-site toilet facilities at your own risk.
  • Use on-site baby-change facilities at your own risk and bring your own baby-change mat if possible (applicable to reunion sessions).
  • Please do not share food and drink and bring your own refreshments where possible (depending upon venue facilities NCT may be unable to provide refreshments).
  • Swap to online Zoom session delivery should circumstances related to risk of Covid-19 infection in your course group require this.
  • Take a rapid lateral flow test before each session, in line with updated government guidance, if you can.
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if you have Covid-19 symptoms, a positive Covid-19 test or are required to self-isolate in line with national guidance. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Consider not attending a session if you are a close contact of someone who you do not live with has tested positive but are not required by national guidance to self-isolate. Notify your course leader and if you choose not to attend, we’ll provide alternative options. 
  • Leave a course session if you develop Covid-19 symptoms. 
  • Notify your course leader if you test positive for Covid-19 within 48 hours of attending a session. 
Wales

NEW: NCT Antenatal course and NCT Early Days course sessions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been moved online until 21st January 2022 to give you the best and safest experience.

To help keep you safe indoors NCT will:

  • Ensure venues are Covid-safe.
  • Follow national Covid guidance to determine maximum attending numbers.
  • Set up room seating and activities so social distancing can be maintained at all times (2 metres).
  • Take safe steps to ensure rooms are adequately ventilated and high-contact areas and equipment are cleaned to maintain Covid-safe practices.
  • Provide hand sanitiser where not available.
  • Only provide equipment or materials on a single-use basis.
  • Ensure that only one person makes drinks for the group if in a venue with facilities to do so; avoiding self-service where multiple people touch the same items.
  • Request the course leader takes a rapid lateral flow test before each session in line with updated government guidance on when to do a lateral flow test in Wales (and seeks a PCR test, and self-isolates in line with government guidance, if a positive result is received).
  • Support national Covid-19 contact tracing services.
  • Provide alternative delivery options for course sessions affected by circumstances related to the risk of Covid-19 infection within the course group.
  • Provide alternative options for course sessions missed due to circumstances related to Covid-19.

         
To help keep everyone safe you need to:

  • Wear a face covering (if you are able to).
  • Be respectful and give people space. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Not move furniture, i.e. chairs and tables, closer together than they have been placed by your course leader. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Catch any coughs or sneezes and dispose of tissues hygienically.
  • Use on-site toilet facilities at your own risk.
  • Use on-site baby-change facilities at your own risk and bring your own baby-change mat if possible (applicable to reunion sessions).
  • Please do not share food and drink and bring your own refreshments where possible (depending upon venue facilities NCT may be unable to provide refreshments).
  • Swap to online Zoom session delivery should circumstances related to risk of Covid-19 infection in your course group require this.
  • Take a rapid lateral flow test before each session, in line with updated government guidance on when to do a lateral flow test in Wales, if you can.
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if you have Covid-19 symptoms, a positive Covid-19 test or are required to self-isolate in line with national guidance. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Consider not attending a session if you are a close contact of someone who you do not live with has tested positive but are not required by national guidance to self-isolate. Notify your course leader and if you choose not to attend, we’ll provide alternative options. 
  • Leave a course session if you develop Covid-19 symptoms. 
  • Notify your course leader if you test positive for Covid-19 within 48 hours of attending a session. 
Northern Ireland

NEW: NCT Antenatal course and NCT Early Days course sessions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been moved online until 21st January 2022 to give you the best and safest experience.

To help keep you safe indoors NCT will:

  • Ensure venues are Covid-safe.
  • Follow national Covid guidance to determine maximum attending numbers.
  • Set up room seating and activities so social distancing can be maintained at all times (2 metres).
  • Take safe steps to ensure rooms are adequately ventilated and high-contact areas and equipment are cleaned to maintain Covid-safe practices.
  • Provide hand sanitiser where not available.
  • Only provide equipment or materials on a single-use basis.
  • Ensure only one person makes drinks for the group if in a venue with facilities to do so; avoiding self-service where multiple people touch the same items.
  • Request the course leader takes a rapid lateral flow test before each session in line with government guidance (and seeks a PCR test, and self-isolates in line with government guidance, if a positive result is received).
  • Support national Covid-19 contact tracing services.
  • Provide alternative delivery options for course sessions affected by circumstances related to the risk of Covid-19 infection within the course group.
  • Provide alternative options for course sessions missed due to circumstances related to Covid-19.

         
To help keep everyone safe you need to:

  • Follow government advice and wear a face covering (unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse).
  • Be respectful and give people space. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Not move furniture, i.e. chairs and tables, closer together than they have been placed by your course leader. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Catch any coughs or sneezes and dispose of tissues hygienically.
  • Use on-site toilet facilities at your own risk.
  • Use on-site baby-change facilities at your own risk and bring your own baby-change mat if possible (applicable to reunion sessions).
  • Please do not share food and drink and bring your own refreshments where possible (depending upon venue facilities NCT may be unable to provide refreshments).
  • Swap to online Zoom session delivery should circumstances related to risk of Covid-19 infection in your course group require this.
  • Take a rapid lateral flow test before each session, in line with government guidance, if you can.
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if you have Covid-19 symptoms, a positive Covid-19 test or are required to self-isolate in line with national guidance. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Consider not attending a session if you are a close contact of someone who you do not live with has tested positive but are not required by national guidance to self-isolate. Notify your course leader and if you choose not to attend, we’ll provide alternative options. 
  • Leave a course session if you develop Covid-19 symptoms. 
  • Notify your course leader if you test positive for Covid-19 within 48 hours of attending a session. 
Jersey

To help keep you safe indoors NCT will:

  • Ensure venues are Covid-safe.
  • Follow national Covid guidance to determine maximum attending numbers.
  • Set up room seating and activities so social distancing can be maintained at all times (2 metres).
  • Take safe steps to ensure rooms are adequately ventilated and high-contact areas and equipment are cleaned to maintain Covid-safe practices.
  • Provide hand sanitiser where not available.
  • Only provide equipment or materials on a single-use basis.
  • Ensure only one person makes drinks for the group if in a venue with facilities to do so; avoiding self-service where multiple people touch the same items.
  • Request the course leader takes a rapid lateral flow test before each session in line with government guidance (and seeks a PCR test, and self-isolates in line with government guidance, if a positive result is received).
  • Support national Covid-19 contact tracing services.
  • Provide alternative delivery options for course sessions affected by circumstances related to the risk of Covid-19 infection within the course group.
  • Provide alternative options for course sessions missed due to circumstances related to Covid-19.

 

To help keep everyone safe you need to:

  • Consider wearing a face mask (unless exempt). Wearing a mask in indoor spaces will also help to protect yourself and others.
  • Be respectful and give people you don’t live with space. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may be in the third trimester of pregnancy, feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Not move furniture, i.e. chairs and tables, closer together than they have been placed by your course leader. Not everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and some people may feel anxious or be in a high-risk group.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly. Catch any coughs or sneezes and dispose of tissues hygienically.
  • Use on-site toilet facilities at your own risk.
  • Use on-site baby-change facilities at your own risk and bring your own baby-change mat if possible (applicable to reunion sessions).
  • Please do not share food and drink and bring your own refreshments where possible (depending upon venue facilities NCT may be unable to provide refreshments).
  • Swap to online Zoom session delivery should circumstances related to risk of Covid-19 infection in your course group require this.
  • Take a rapid lateral flow test before each session, in line with government guidance, if you can.
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if you have Covid-19 symptoms, a positive Covid-19 test or are required to self-isolate in line with national guidance. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Notify your course leader and not attend a session if someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19. We'll provide alternative options. 
  • Consider not attending a session if you are a close contact of someone who you do not live with has tested positive but are not required by national guidance to self-isolate. Notify your course leader and if you choose not to attend, we’ll provide alternative options. 
  • Leave a course session if you develop Covid-19 symptoms. 
  • Notify your course leader if you test positive for Covid-19 within 48 hours of attending a session.