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.
- The DfE has published a guide to using CO2 monitors. You can download it from here. CO2 monitors are being rolled out to education settings to help identify poor ventilation. Good ventilation can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, so a focus on improving general air flow, preferably through fresh air or effective mechanical systems, can help to create a safer environment for staff and children.
- The Department for Education has published a new Q&A for childminders following Step 4 changes, clarifying how the rules on self-isolation apply to operating on domestic premises. You can read them here.
- Any re-ordering of lateral flow tests and related queries is now done through the NHS Test and Trace 119 helpline. The line is open daily from 7am until 11pm.
- The EYFS disapplications, brought in during the Covid-19 pandemic, ended on 31 August.
- Government guidance for early years providers is available here: Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak
The COVID-19 outbreak is an ever-evolving situation. This information will be updated regularly as things change.
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
Coronarvirus: latest information (Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England)
Coronavirus (2019-cCoV) (NHS)