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! The government will introduce a new three-tier system of local Covid alert levels across England from 14 October. The 'medium' alert level will cover most of the country and will consist of the current national measures, including the rule of six. The 'high' alert level will prevent all indoor mixing between households or bubbles, while the rule of six will continue outdoors. Most areas currently in local lockdown will be automatically placed on the 'high' alert level. The 'very high' alert level will be applied in areas where transmission rates are rising most rapidly. This will involve a 'baseline' of measures, including the closure of pubs and bars, and the banning of household mixing. The Prime Minister has confirmed it is the government's intention for education settings to remain open. We are seeking clarity on how the new alert system will impact children and family services such as baby and toddler groups.
- NEW! When the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends on 31 October it will be replaced by the Job Support Scheme which will pay up to two-thirds of staff wages for businesses forced to close by coronavirus restrictions. Read more.
- NEW! All of the learning and development and assessment EYFS disapplications have now been removed, meaning providers will need to reinstate the EYFS for these areas from 26 September 2020. Read more.
- Following the new 'rule of six', the government has confirmed people will still be able to meet in groups of more than six for registered childcare (including wraparound care), youth groups and activities, and other children's groups. The guidance is here (see sections 2.10 and 2.15).
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)