DfE releases EYFS guidance for 1 June reopening
By Rachel Lawler
The Department for Education has shared its Planning Guide to help early years providers prepare to reopen to more children from 1 June onwards.
The guidance explains how to prepare to reopen on 1 June, although settings are not required to follow it.
The guide says: "Settings may use their professional judgement and choose to follow alternative approaches depending on their individual circumstances, but at all times will need to take account of relevant public health guidance to maximimse safety for those in the environment."
Early years providers are being asked to reopen to all children on 1 June 2020, provided that the government's "five key tests" are met first.
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, commented: “While we welcome the publication of further guidance for early years providers preparing to reopen in June, it is very frustrating and disappointing that this document has been published on the Sunday of a Bank Holiday weekend, little over a week ahead of the government’s planned reopening of schools and childcare settings.
“Going forward, the sector will need the continued support of government to ensure that we are able to continue delivering quality care and education while adhering to the latest guidelines and changing evidence bases, and so the government will need to take a much more proactive approach to providing clear, timely guidance to early years providers than it has to date.
“We know that many in the sector have already been working hard to prepare to reopen their doors to their families as safely as possible, and the Alliance will continue to develop all the necessary resources, information and guidance to support our members and the wider sector to do so.”