Covid-19: Information for families

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New health information for parents

Public Health England has published a new leaflet for parents to keep them informed as their children return to education settings. (Sept 2021)

“Taking your child to an early years setting: information for parents”outlines the importance of children attending early years settings and includes a wide-ranging FAQ.

Download it here


£500 Test and Trace Support Payment extended to parents and carers of children who need to self-isolate

The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which provides a £500 payment to those on certain benefits or low incomes who are required to self-isolate, has been extended to the parents and carers of children who cannot work because their child or children are required to self-isolate.

This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child's self-isolation period, and parents must meet all the relevant means-tested eligibility criteria. The payment ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.

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A special message for parents from the NHS

With the current Covid-19 crisis, many parents - understandably - may be unsure or even reluctant to seek medical advice if their child has had an accident or is feeling unwell, with non-Coronavirus related sypmtoms.

And news reports suggest children are being put at risk from other illnesses or injury because parents don't want to bother their GP, are confused about whether to call 111 or 999 or are simply unable to access any medical assistance at all.

The NHS has therefore issued a special message for parents with more details of when it is appropriate to seek various medical services for your child to try and make the situation clearer for parents and carers and to help allay any fears.

Read more here


The Early Years Alliance on YouTube

Check out our Family Sessions playlist on YouTube where we have more than 100 story and rhyme time and activity videos for the whole family to enjoy.

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How to talk to children about Covid-19

It is inevitable even very young children will pick up on the levels of anxiety around them about the coronavirus, even if they do not fully understand the context of the situation.

Therefore, it is important you respond to any concerns that children express in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner. Thankfully there are plenty of resources now available to help parents navigate this area. Here are just a few of them:

Coronavirus: A book for children - illustrated by Axel Sheffler

Family Corner article - Talking to children about coronavirus

Early Years Story Box - A free story book and activities to help your child through coronavirus

The Children's Commissioner - Children's guide to coronavirus

The Guardian - Three experts share advice on what to tell children


Useful links

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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