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.
- NEW! Early years providers will no longer need to keep children in small 'bubbles' within settings from 20 July onwards, the DfE has announced. Read the full story.
- NEW! On 1 July, the government released new guidance on what nurseries, childminders and early years settings need to do if there's a local lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read it here.
- The Department for Education has asked early years providers in England to reopen for children of all ages.
- For questions on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Furlough Leave and Related Employment Matters please see our FAQs on our Business Advice page.
- For questions on how the Job Retention Scheme and the Early Years Entitlement funding work together please see our FAQs page on these schemes.
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
COVID 19: Guidance for educational settings (DfE and Public Health England)
Coronarvirus: latest information and advice (Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England)
Coronavirus (2019-cCoV) (NHS)
Coronavirus FAQs (NHS)
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) - what you need to know (Public Health England)