Information and guidance
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.
- 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 (update 4/2/21)
- a template letter for parents/carers where there is a confirmed outbreak of Covid-19 (with two or more confirmed cases)
- a template letter for parents/carers when there is a single confirmed case of Covid-19
Guidance for step 4 onwards
- Document sharing platforms for primary and early years.
- Contact tracing letter to parents July 2021 – step 4
- Contact tracing for Step 4 onwards – Frequently Asked Questions
Respiratory virus surge guidance 2021
- Respiratory virus surge Parent information leaflet Children and Young People
- Advice sheet – Cough/cold in children under 1 July 2021
- Advice sheet – Cough/cold in children over 1 July 2021
- Respiratory virus surge covering letter to parents
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.
Risk assessment and checklists
- Procedures for managing covid cases (updated 5/3/2021)
- 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
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
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.