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Preparing for a Covid-19 local lockdown


Local lockdowns in Leicester, Greater Manchester and Lancashire remind us the virus is still a clear and present danger and that the government will impose local restrictions quickly where the evidence shows it to be necessary. Includes references to updated government guidance on 28 August.Read more

How best to organise settling-in sessions during the Covid-19 outbreak?


Most providers will agree there is usually a two- to four-week settling-in period. But how do we do this during the ongoing pandemic, when we need to socially distance and keep everyone safe? Richard Knight has these tips...Read more

Conducting visits to settings during the Coronavirus outbreak


How can settings welcome and connect with prospective parents in these times of social distancing and strict guidance? Richard Knight has some tips.Read more

Managing menus in uncertain times - advice for nurseries and childminders


Information for early years settings - pre-schools, nurseries and childminders - struggling to access food during the coronavirus crisisRead more

How to talk to children about coronavirus


How to respond to children's questions about coronavirusRead more

Equality in the early years


How Gender Action is challenging gender sterotypes in early years settingsRead more

Coronavirus – what you need to know


*This page was last updated on 22 September 2020*

Get coronavirus guidance and information for those working in nurseries and the early years — includes links to government public health website and resources.Read more

The EIF: Conveying intent, implementation and impact in your curriculum


The Education Inspection Framework (Ofsted 2019) places greater emphasis on your approach to curriculum with Ofsted stating that ‘curriculum’ is what is taught and ‘teaching’ is how curriculum content is taught.Read more

Reducing plastic in nursery settings — stories of success

To mark the end of Plastic Free July, we're sharing some amazing stories of nurseries who have radically reduced or cut out single-use plastics.Read more

Should your early years setting go meat-free?

With a growing number of families cutting down on meat, or ditching it altogether, Under 5 magazine editor Rachel Lawler speaks to vegetarian settings to find out how they are making a vegetarian menu work.

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Under 5. Find out more and subscribe to the magazine here.Read more


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