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Keeping up to date with government guidance

With the government intention to open schools including their school-based early years provision and all other early years providers including childminders to more families from the 1 June, there has been a wide range of guidance updated. All links in other articles will automatically be correct however, due to the extent of the publication updates, we have aimed to list them all here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings 
All guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students can be found on this central page. There are other documents you may also need to refer to as an employer, an employee, a school-based early years setting, a childminders or a group provider which we have aimed to include below:

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Change made 18/5/20
Updated information on symptoms.

 

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
Change made 18/5/20
Updated information on symptoms.

 

Guidance for schools and other educational settings about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
Change made 18/5/20
Updated information on symptoms.

 

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Change made 18/5/20
Updated information on symptoms.

 

Guidance for education settings and local authorities about children supported through social care, with EHC plans or identified as vulnerable by their school or local authority
Change made 18/5/20
Updated guidance to reflect wider plans for more year groups to return to education settings, stating that vulnerable children and young people remain a priority, and are expected to attend if appropriate. They have not changed the groups included in the definition of vulnerable children, but have provided further examples of what types of children might be considered to be ‘otherwise vulnerable’, at the education provider’s discretion. They have also included updated links to Public Health England advice.

 

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Change made 18/5/20
Updated guidance including adding a new section clarifying the position on welcoming back all children to early years settings from 1 June, information on when childminders can reopen to more children, and what provision they can currently provide, information on testing for essential workers, and information for parents on temporary changes to the 30 hours free early education entitlements. 

 

Guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Change made 20/5/20
Updated to provide guidance on what schools and colleges should be thinking about as they plan for more children to return from week commencing 1 June – especially around updating the child protection policy, designated safeguarding lead arrangements, protecting vulnerable children and mental health.

As early years providers, some of this guidance will be relevant however we are still waiting for the DfE operational guidance for early years which may contain more detail.

 

Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education
Change made 20/5/20
Added information about the bank holiday and half term. Updated information on 30 hours free childcare, transport and SEND.

20 May 2020

Author
Liz Curtis-Jones
Early Years and Childcare
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