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Further updates to the government's coronavirus early years and childcare closure guidance

On the 14 April the government updated their guidance for early years and childcare providers in relation to closures due to cornonavirus:


The following sections have been updated:

  • introduction 
  • who this guidance is for
  • prioritising children
  • funding
  • staying open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children
  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • holidays

'Those who work in the education and childcare sector rightly take their place next to our NHS staff and other critical workers as central to our efforts in battling this virus'


Childcare settings are responsible for:

  • caring for vulnerable children, and the children of workers critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Settings should try to remain open to support these children. However, we understand that this may not be possible for all settings, for example, due to staff shortages or illness
  • working with local authorities to agree the provision needed locally to support the needs identified



16 Apr 2020

Tina Ironside
Early Years and Childcare
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