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.

  • 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.

 

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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

Covid-19 Summer Response 2021

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

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