CO2 monitor rollout for Early Years

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Dec 13 2021

The rollout extends to all early years settings, including private, voluntary and independent settings, and childminders who work together in groups of four or more and are registered as operating childcare on domestic premises. Childminders working in groups of three or fewer are not included in the roll out of CO2 monitors. This is because most settings are not an appropriate space for CO2 monitoring due to low occupancy density.


The new monitors will enable staff to identify areas where ventilation needs to be improved and provide reassurance that existing ventilation measures are working, helping balance the need for good ventilation with keeping rooms warm. As the monitors are portable, settings will be able to move them around to test all their rooms, starting with areas they suspect may be poorly ventilated.


Monitors are currently being dispatched to early years providers. Settings will receive an email directly from our supplier, once their monitor allocation is dispatched. We expect all deliveries to have taken place by the end of the Autumn term. DfE has also produced a ‘how to’ guide on using CO2 monitors in education and childcare settings, also available on the Google drive. If settings have any further queries about their DfE issued CO2 monitor(s) they can call the DfE COVID-19 helpline on 0800 046 8687.

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