Coronavirus (Covid-19)

covid 19

These pages are for all staff working directly with children and families in an early years provision.

It is not intended to replace any guidance issued by the Government.

  • Registered early years providers remain open during England's third national lockdown that began in January 2021. Read the guidance here.
  • Ofsted will resume full graded EIF inspections in the early years from 4 May 2021. Read more here.
  • Lateral flow testing is now available to anyone who works in an occupation related to a childcare provider, school, nursery or college, and their household, childcare and support bubbles. This includes childminders and wraparound care providers. Read the details here.
  • The government has confirmed that early years providers, and other educators, will not be prioritised in the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out. Instead it will follow advice from the JCVI to continue prioritisation by age group. Read the full story
  • The government has outlined its plans for taking the country out of lockdown. From the 8 March wraparound childcare can reopen and other children’s activities can restart for all children where it is needed to enable parents to work, attend education, seek medical care or attend a support group. The full roadmap is available here.

The COVID-19 outbreak is an ever-evolving situation. This information will be updated regularly as things change.

 

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Coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education has a helpline for early years providers, schools and colleges – as well as parents, carers and young people – who have questions about coronavirus.

If you have specific questions about the virus, you can contact the helpline on:

Call: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

 


Key links

 

Business support

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

Job Support Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Self-employed Income Support Scheme

Small Business Grant Fund

Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for the charity sector

Financial support for your business during coronavirus (Covid-19)

Use of free early education entitlements funding during coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Operational

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests

Covid-19 Winter Plan

Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings

Local lockdown planning and decision making

Covid 19 - Early outbreak management

Action list PDF: What to do if a child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Education and childcare

Safe working in education, childcare and children's social care

Early years and childcare: Coronavirus Covid 19

Ofsted: Interim visits: registered early years providers

COVID-19: Cleaning of non-healthcare settings

Early Years Foundation Stage: Coronavirus disapplications

Criticial workers who can access schools or educational settings

Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

 

Pastoral care

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

 

Health

Coronarvirus: latest information  (Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England)

Coronavirus (2019-cCoV) (NHS)

COVID-19: guidance for supervised toothbrushing programmes in early years and school settings