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Coronavirus resources

Information and guidance

Frequently asked questions – We have stopped updating our frequently asked questions.  Regular updates are being sent in the Keeping In Touch newsletter and we are directing you to the Foundation Years website where they have the latest news and FAQ.

The DfE planning guidance for early years has now been published.  You can find the guidance here – Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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.

There is also a Foundation Years vodcast which includes a DfE question and answer section linked to the ‘toolkit’.

Foundation Years news and frequently asked questions

NDNA – Coronavirus information for Nurseries and Early Years providers

Pacey – Coronavirus – advice and support

Early Years Alliance support

Co-SPYCE study – Supporting Parents and Young Children During Epidemics

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.


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

Risk assessment and checklists

Procedures for managing covid cases (updated 5/3/2021)

Visual representation of planning considerations when preparing for wider opening

Transitions – Early Years ideas for supporting at a distance May 2020

Coronavirus Risk Assessment Guidance

Testing flowchart (updated 5/3/2021)

Early Years- Every Child Every Opportunity to Support Outcomes – Quick Reference Guide

Symptomatic children action list for early years

Response to Covid 19 Symptoms and Cases in Solihull Educational Settings

Considerations for emergency and local lockdown

Transition and emotional well-being

Getting ready to return 2021

SMILE and refresh the EYFS curriculum for autumn 2020

Emotional wellbeing during transition

SMBC EY Transition Principles 2020

Self-regulation – 5 Domains of Self-regulation by Dr Stuart Shanker.  Is this self-regulation? and Self-regulation and kindergarten

Learning Through Landscapes Learning to Return WebinarAs 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.

Holiday and out-of-school settings

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Business support

Covid-19 business grants The Government has announced a range of funding packages to support businesses impacted by Covid-19.

Solihull for success– The website for business advice

Business rates announcement and guidance

GBSLEP Growth Hub

Information for parents and children

Procedure for Managing Covid-19 Cases in Educational Settings in Solihull – information for parents

Guidance to parents and guardians: when you should book a coronavirus test for your child

Taking your child to nursery or a childminder: what parents need to know

Going back to an early years setting -This video helps explain to young children what it will be like going back to nursery or a childcare setting.

Child friendly explanation of the coronavirus

Public Health England e-bug resources

Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus

Songs and activities to support Early Years Covid 19 return

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.