Right now, vulnerable children and adults may be particularly isolated, meaning that the family, community and professional networks they usually rely on may be unavailable or hard to access. At the same time, living under the current arrangements may increase the pressures that can contribute to abuse and neglect, or allow it to go unseen. Neighbours, volunteers and professionals can play a vital role in keeping adults and children safe.
The Home Office, in collaboration with a number of other government departments, has produced information and guidance for those who are operating in communities and may not be trained to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern. A full list of resources are available here
Coronavirus briefing: safeguarding guidance and information for early years providers – This NSPCC briefing summarises the key requirements linked to safeguarding in the early years. It is a useful quick read for DSLs returning to work.
Supporting children after lockdown – from Shropshire council
Holiday Play Schemes
Preparing to return
Learning Through Landscapes Learning to Return Webinar – As many schools across the UK and world start to plan how they will accommodate more learners back on-site after Covod-19, this webinar highlights the benefits that outdoor learning has to offer.
Information and guidance
Free Public Health England training. Learn how to give practical and emotional support to individuals using Psychological First Aid. On this course, you’ll explore the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to help people cope.
To support you to manage any Covid-19 outbreaks in your setting, Public Health England has drafted some letters for you to customise to send out to your parent community. Having a consistent approach across all of our settings we thought would be useful, however you are free to write your own if preferred.
- a template letter for parents/carers when there is a single confirmed case of Covid-19 .
- a template letter for parents/carers when there is a confirmed outbreak of Covid-19 (with two or more confirmed cases).
- a template letter for parents/carers of pupils who have been in close contact (in a group/bubble) with a confirmed case of Covid-19.
The DfE planning guidance for early years has now been published. You can find the guidance here – Planning guidance for Early Years settings
There is also a Foundation Years vodcast which includes a DfE question and answer section linked to the ‘toolkit’.
Information for parents and children
EYFS Statutory Guidance
This area highlights statutory documents, those that may be of interest and websites that offer guidance and support in areas relevant to day to day practice.