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Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

By July 22, 2020National News

Updated 5th November to reflect guidance for the second lockdown

information on local COVID alert levels and tiers of restriction (section 3), staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable (section 3), and children who are shielding (section 4).

Added new content on face coverings, toothbrushing, local lockdowns, music, dance and drama, pregnant women, visitors, visits, informal childcare, EYFS disapplications, supporting wellbeing, SEND legislation, journeys, dual settings, reopening of building emergency first aid, Job retention Bonus Scheme. Updated information on funding to align with other funding guidance, employer health and safety and equalities duties, shielding and safeguarding, managing COVID-19 cases.

Updated the section on managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do if a child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 27th July: Updated to reflect changes in legislation to the 30 hours free entitlement and information on the validity of Paediatric First-Aid certificates.

Updated to reflect that early years settings can return to normal group sizes. Includes content from the Planning guide so that all information is in one place from now on and the Planning guide is deleted.

Guidance also includes updated information about autumn funding, wraparound care, managing requests for site visits for new admissions in September, data collection changes and reporting to Ofsted. 

This guidance is for providers registered with Ofsted and childminders registered with childminder agencies for children of all ages, including: 

  • nurseries and wraparound childcare 
  • before and after school clubs 
  • holiday clubs 

This guidance does not cover nannies or au pairs. 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

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