Operating during the coronavirus lockdown and beyond

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The Department for Education has asked early years providers in England to reopen for children of all ages.

Key guidance you will need includes:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (Updated 2 July)

Planning guide for early years and childcare settings 

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings

Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings


Childcare provision reopening FAQs

We have produced the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide below to help as many questions as we are able to at this time. This FAQ will be regularly updated as we get more information and clarification from the DfE.

The below information is accurate as of 2 July 2020 and is primarily based on the Department for Education's Planning guideguidance on reopeningguidance on implementing protective measures and Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Do I have to reopen my provision?

No. The government has confirmed that it is “asking” providers to open on 1 June, but it is not a requirement. 

The DfE has published a planning guide for early years providers. Do we have to follow the advice in this document?

No. The planning guide states: “Every setting is different and it is not a requirement to use all or parts of this toolkit. Settings may use their professional judgement, and choose to follow alternative approaches depending on their particular circumstances, but at all times will need to take account of relevant public health guidance to maximise safety for those in the environment.”

Why has the government asked early years providers to reopen?

The government has shared an overview of the scientific advice and information it has received on this here.

Are out-of-school clubs and holiday clubs allowed to open?

At the moment, out-of-school clubs can only provide care if they are operating on the same premises as the school or early years setting that the children they care for attend.

The Department for Education’s Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak guidance states: “Wraparound providers which are registered with Ofsted or with a Childminder Agency and run before and/or after school clubs on school premises or in early years settings, and can ensure they follow the protective measures guidance, are able to operate.”

This means that out-of-school clubs who are not operating on the same premises as the school or early years setting that the children they care for attend, including those who have been providing care to key worker and/or vulnerable children during the lockdown period, are not currently allowed to operate.

In addition, the Department for Education previously stated to the Alliance that holiday clubs, including those on schools site, are not currently permitted to open.

However, on 23 June 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that that: “Wrap-around care for school age children and formal childcare will restart over the summer.”

The latest Department for Education guidance also states that it is hoping to amend the relevant regulations to enable “registered wraparound childcare providers, who do not operate on the same premises as the school or early years setting that children attend” as well as “unregulated providers/out-of-school settings” to open, based on scientific advice.

The guidance adds that, assuming this change is made as planned, “wraparound providers who do not operate on the same premises as the school or early years setting that children attend during the day should ensure, as far as possible, that they follow the protective measures set out in government guidance. This would also include ensuring that, as far as possible, they are only caring for children from one school or early years provider. They should also work closely with the school or early years provider that their children attend to ensure that, as far as possible, they are keeping children in the same small consistent groups that they are in throughout the day. If that is not possible, children should be kept in small consistent groups from one day to the next wherever possible.”

Are early years providers expected to keep children two metres apart from each other?

No. The Department for Education has confirmed that it does not expect providers to keep all children two metres away from each other, or to care for children while remaining two metres away, as this is simply not possible. Its guidance states: “We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2m apart from each other and staff.”

It has said that it is asking providers to try and minimise the risk of transmission by keeping children in groups, and minimising the interactions between these groups.

Do we need to keep children in “small groups” or "bubbles"?

At present children are required to be kept in small groups or "bubbles" of around 8-16 people.

However the DfE has announced that from 20 July, early years settings will no longer be required to keep children in these small groups within settings.

Providers should still consider how they can minimise mixing within settings, for example where they use different rooms for different age groups, keeping those groups apart as much as possible.

All other protective measures must remain in place.

Settings should ensure:

  • physical distancing between groups of children and staff as far as possible
  •  that individual groups use the same area of a setting throughout the day as much as possible
  • that the sharing of toys and resources is reduced
  • that any toys or resources that are shared can be easily cleaned between different groups’ use
  • and that providers should: “Consider how snacks and meal times can be planned to ensure groups of children are kept together. Where possible, staff meetings and training sessions should be conducted virtually and staff should remain at a safe distance from each other during breaks, including in staff rooms or other staff areas in the setting.

The guidance also states that: “While in general groups should be kept apart, brief, transitory contact, such as passing in a corridor or when moving to a different part of the setting, is low risk."

My setting operates in a single large room. How are we expected to keep children in their groups?

The Department for Education guidance on reopening states that: “Where the physical layout of a setting does not allow small groups of children to be kept at a safe distance apart, we expect practitioners to exercise judgement in ensuring the highest standards of safety are maintained. In some cases, it may be necessary for providers to introduce a temporary cap on numbers to ensure that safety is prioritised.”

I/we have different children attending the setting on different days / for different sessions. How do we maintain the same groups?

The DfE planning guide states: “Sessional nurseries that have different cohorts of children at different times of the day may wish to consider having smaller group sizes to limit the number of children staff are in contact with. Each setting’s circumstances will be different. If your setting cannot achieve these small groups at any point, options should be discussed with the local authority.”

The DfE’s Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak guidance additional states that separate groups not being maintained over the course of the day due to changes in children’s attendance should be “minimised as much as possible” but that “if needed, additional children can be added to groups in the afternoon.”

Are we still allowed to use agency staff?

The DfE planning guide says: “As far as possible, the same members of staff should be assigned to each group and these should stay the same during the day and on subsequent days. Keep your staffing arrangements as consistent as possible. In instances where you do need to use staff from other settings or agency staff, ensure that this is agreed on a weekly basis, not daily, to limit contacts.”

Are staff allowed to work two jobs, and if so, do they need to change clothing in between?

The DfE have confirmed to the Alliance that this is “something for individual settings to considering and to include in their risk assessment”. The Department added that “There is no need for anything other than normal personal hygiene and washing of clothes following a day in a childcare setting.”

What steps should we take to minimise the risk of infection transmission?

The DfE guidance on protective measures outlines steps providers can take to deal with direct transmission (e.g. via coughing and sneezing) and indirect transmission (e.g. through touching contaminated surfaces).

The key steps the government says providers should take to reduce the risk of transmitting an infection are:

  • Minimising contact with unwell individuals, and ensuring anyone who has coronavirus symptoms themselves or who lives with some displaying symptoms, does not attend your provision.
  • Washing hands thoroughly and frequently for 20 seconds with soap or water, or alcohol hand rub or hand sanitiser.
  • Catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, and putting the tissue in a bin straight away.
  • Cleaning frequently-touched surfaces, equipment, door handles, and toilets, used during the day several times a day (further guidance on cleaning is available here).
  • Minimising contact between groups of children.

Additional guidance from the DfE includes:

  • Considering which activities are suitable to deliver, and which could take place outdoors.
  • Staggering drop-off and collection times.
  • Planning drop-off and pick-up protocols “that minimise adult to adult contact”.
  • Considering how play equipment is used, “ensuring it is appropriately cleaned between groups of children using it, and that multiple groups do not use it simultaneously”.
  • Removing unnecessary items from the learning environment and minimising the use of soft toys and furnishings as far as possible, as well as toys that are hard to clean.

Further guidance is available in the DfE’s planning guide.

How can we minimise contact with parents and carers?

The DfE planning guide suggests “limiting drop off and pick up to one parent or carer per family and staggering timings”. It adds that providers shouldn’t allow parents or carers into the setting unless this is essential, and should arrange for children to be collected at the door if this is possible.

It also says that providers should avoid the need for parents and carers to wait around, but where this is necessary, that physical distancing markings should be considered.

It also advises that providers should work with parents and carers to plan about best to manage the dropping off and collection of children who may be anxious to return to childcare, and consider the use of technology to help communicate with parents and carers – for example, digital handover notes.

Do we need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE)?

The government guidance states that: “Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended” and that: “Schools and other education or childcare settings should … not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings.”

It adds that: “Children, young people and students whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs should continue to receive their care in the same way”.

The guidance also states that if a child develops coronavirus symptoms while at a setting, a “fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult” and that “disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn” during any contact with the symptomatic child.

It adds that: “If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn.”

With regard to obtaining PPE, the guidance states that: “Education, childcare and children’s social care settings and providers should use their local supply chains to obtain PPE”, and that: “Where this is not possible, and there is unmet urgent need for PPE in order to operate safely, they may approach their nearest local resilience forum.”

Resilience forums are partnerships made up of representatives from local public services such as local authorities, the emergency services and the NHS.

More information, including regional contact details, are available here.

Can early years staff get tested for coronavirus?

Yes, as key workers any early years staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested for free. More information is available here.

Do I / we need to take children’s temperatures regularly throughout the day?

No, this is not a requirement. The DfE planning guide states: “Settings do not need to take children’s temperatures every morning or throughout the day. Public Health England’s guidance is that routine testing of an individual’s temperature is not a reliable method for identifying coronavirus.”

What should be done if a child or member of staff falls ill at a setting?

The DfE states that if anyone becomes unwell with coronavirus symptoms – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change to, sense of smell or taste – in an education or childcare setting, “they must be sent home”, and advised to follow government guidance (i.e. to self-isolate for seven days, while all members of their household self-isolate for 14 days).

If it is a child who has fallen ill, the guidance states that they should be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door with appropriate adult supervision while awaiting collection. The guidance adds that: “Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation”. If moving to a separate room is not possible, the child should be moved to an area at least two metres away from other people.

The guidance also states that: “PPE should be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).”

If a member of staff has helped an unwell child, the guidance states that they should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds afterwards, but that they are not required to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves or the child subsequently tests positive for coronavirus. If the member of staff does develop symptoms, they are able to access a free coronavirus test – more information on this is available here.

The guidance adds that: “Cleaning the affected area with normal household disinfectant after someone with symptoms has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.”

If a child or staff member is seriously ill, 999 should be called.

What happens if someone at the setting tests positive for coronavirus?

The government has confirmed that all staff and children at a childcare setting will have access to a coronavirus test if they display symptoms of the virus.

In the case of children, guidance states that: “To access testing parents will be able to use the 111 online coronavirus service if their child is 5 or over [and] will be able to call 111 if their child is aged under 5.”

An update made on 24 June also specifies that: “Children under 5 must have the test performed by a parent or carer.”

The Department for Education has confirmed that if a child or member of staff displays coronavirus symptoms and is awaiting their test results, the members of their ‘group’ do not have to self-isolate during this period.

If either a child or member of staff tests positive, the rest of their ‘group’ at the setting “should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days”. However, the guidance states that the household members of those in that group do not need to self-isolate unless the children or staff member who they live with develops symptoms themselves.

The guidance adds that: “if other cases are detected within the cohort or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise schools and other settings on the most appropriate action to take”.

It also states that “in some cases, a larger number of other children may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure” but that “where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary”.

What happens if someone who lives with a child or staff member at the setting has symptoms of coronavirus?

If anyone becomes ill with suspected Covid-19 they, and the other members of their household, will need to isolate for 14 days from when the first person in their home started experiencing symptoms. 

If anyone else in their household develops symptoms, the 14 days will start again from when these symptoms first began.

Anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms should contact NHS 11 and ask for a Covid-19 test as soon as possible – it needs to be done within the first five days of symptoms starting.

If the test is negative, and no-one else in the household has started showing symptoms and tested positive, there is no need for the household, to isolate. They can return to work/your setting as soon as they feel well enough. 
If the test is positive, they will need to continue isolating for 14 days. The NHS Test and Trace service will be in contact with anyone who has been in close contact with the patient who needs to self-isolate. 
If you are not contacted by the NHS service, there is no need to isolate any staff or children, but you should take extra care with existing social distancing and hygiene advice.

Further information on the Test and Trace system is available here.

If more parents want their children to return to the setting than can be safely cared for, how do I/we prioritise?

The guidance on reopening states that providers should “discuss options with their local authority or trust” and that solutions may involve children attending a nearby setting, though it notes that this should be “on a consistent basis”.

The guidance also advises that “if necessary, settings have the flexibility to focus first on continuing to provide places for priority groups” and suggests that early years settings prioritise three- and four-year-olds, followed by younger age groups.

The Alliance additionally advises that you may want to prioritise places based on the needs of the child (for example, prioritising a child who is not officially defined as vulnerable but could be considered to be) and/or the needs of their parents (for example, prioritising a parent who is working and cannot work from home).

Are members of staff who have underlying health conditions expected to return to work?

Government guidance states that staff members who are clinically vulnerable – for example, those with diabetes, or who have mild-to-moderate asthma – should be supported to observe social distancing by carrying out roles that can be done from home, such as session planning. If this is not possible, they should be offered roles that allow them to stay two metres away from other people wherever possible. If this isn’t possible, then providers “must carefully assess and discuss with them whether this involves an acceptable level of risk”.

Staff members who are clinically extremely vulnerable – such as those with specific cancers or with severe respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis – are not expected to attend work. The guidance states that staff in this category “should work from home where possible”

NB: More detailed guidance on who is considered ‘clinically vulnerable’ versus ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ is available here.

Can staff who live with someone who is vulnerable attend the setting?

The guidance on reopening states that staff who live with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable), including those who are pregnant, can attend their education or childcare setting.

However, staff who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable should “only attend an education or childcare setting if stringent social distancing can be adhered to.”

Can children who have underlying health conditions attend the setting?

The Department for Education states that “few if any children” will fall into the category of clinically vulnerable, but that “parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category”.

Children who have been classed as clinical extremely vulnerable are not expected to attend settings.

Can children who live with someone who is vulnerable attend the setting?

Children who live with someone who is clinically vulnerable, but not clinically extremely vulnerable, can attend their setting.

Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable should only attend their setting “if they are able to understand and follow social distancing instructions” which “may not be possible for very young children and older children without the capacity to adhere to the instructions on social distancing”.

Do temporary changes to the EYFS still apply after 1 June?

As it stands, yes.  On 24 April, the government brought into force changes to how the EYFS applies during the coronavirus outbreak, including asking early years providers to use “reasonable endeavours” to learning and development requirements, instead of this being something they ‘must do’. The Early Years Alliance has provided an overview of these changes online.

Department for Education guidance states that the changes to how the EYFS applies will last “until government stipulates otherwise” It adds the end date of changes is currently 25 September 2020, but this will be reviewed on a monthly basis and may be brought forward “for instance, if government advice on self-isolation and social distancing is amended”.

What financial support is available for providers during this period?

The guidance on reopening says: “For early years settings, the dedicated schools grant (DSG) should continue to be paid by local authorities for provision of free entitlements. Where parents are accessing hours beyond the free entitlements they are eligible for, early year providers should continue to charge parents in the normal way.”

The guidance adds that: “The wider business support packages can continue to be used as appropriate, including the loan schemes and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), on condition that the principles in Department for Education’s sector specific guidance continue to be met.”

The Department for Education has confirmed to the Alliance that: “We expect local authorities to follow the Department for Education’s (DfE) position and to continue paying all childminders, schools and nurseries for the early years entitlements”.

Local authorities still have the ability to redistribute early entitlement funding to providers to encourage settings to remain open – however, the DfE has confirmed that this should only be done “in a clearly focused and targeted way in order to secure childcare for the children of critical workers and for vulnerable children, where their usual arrangements are no longer possible”.

The Early Years Alliance is seeking urgent clarity from the government on additional transitional funding to support providers at a time where parental demand for places is expected to be low, and settings are potentially required to keep overall numbers lower than normal in order to follow government advice on minimising transmission.

Will Ofsted inspections be restarting as of 1 June?

No, not as it stands. The Department for Education guidance on reopening states: “There are no changes to the previously announced expectations on assessment and accountability. No examinations or assessments will take place this term and Ofsted will continue to pause routine inspection.”

Urgent inspections “where specific concerns have been raised” will continue to take place.

I am a childminder. Am I still allowed to look after school-age children as well as early years children?

Yes. The Department for Education guidance on reopening states that: “From 1 June 2020, childminders can look after children of all ages, in line with usual limits on the number of children they can care for.” However, we are still awaiting clarity from the DfE on the guidance around the mixing of children who are actually attending school with early-years aged children.

Are children allowed to attend more than one setting?

The DfE planning guide says: “To minimise contact between groups of children and staff, children should attend just one setting wherever possible and parents and carers should be encouraged to minimise as far as possible the number of education and childcare settings their child attends.”

I am a childminder. Am I still allowed to drop-off and pick-up children from other settings?

The DfE guidance states that: “Childminding settings should consider how they can work with parents and carers to agree how best to manage any necessary journeys, for example pick-ups and drop-offs at schools, to reduce the need for a provider to travel with groups of children.

“If it is necessary for a childminder to pick up or drop off a child at school, walking is preferable. If this is not practicable, then a private vehicle is preferable to public transport.”

Are there any particular activities we should avoid during this period?

The DfE planning guide states: “Consider new approaches that will need to be taken to minimise the sharing of resources between groups, for example for painting, sticking, cutting and outdoor construction activities, which should be thoroughly cleaned before and after use by different groups.”

It adds that: “Malleable resources, such as play dough, should not be shared between groups and public health advice is that, as sand pits cannot be thoroughly cleaned between uses, they should not be used at this time.”

Do providers still need to send parents an end of year report, and, if so, what format should these take?

Although the 2-year-old check and the EYFSP have both been suspended this year – the requirements set out in Section 2 of the EYFS are still relevant, in particular that parents should be kept informed of their child’s progress and development – so the Alliance recommends some form of summative assessment should be done, but the format depends on the provider and it should be relevant to the experiences the child has had during lockdown.

There actually is no requirement in the EYFS to provide a specific report at the end of the year to parents other than the EYFSP and the 2-year check anyway. It's about an on-going exchange of information based on the formative assessments that are done to help practitioners shape the learning experiences.

The Alliance would suggest to any provider that the emphasis on any assessment at the moment will be more about the Prime Areas – remembering that the EYFS also states clearly that assessment should not entail excessive paperwork.

Can groups where parents stay with their children operate e.g. stay and play / baby and toddler?

As it stands, the Department for Education has confirmed to the Alliance that this is not possible, and that parents or carers should not be allowed into settings unless this is essential.

However, in light of current plans to lift a number of existing coronavirus restrictions, we are currently seeking clarification from the Department on whether this guidance is set to change in the near future. As soon as we have more information on this, we will provide an update.

Can settings have external providers (e.g. yoga activity sessions) into the setting?

It depends on the provider. The Department for Education has said that for non-staff members like speech and language therapists or counsellors, “settings should assess whether the professionals need to attend in person or can do so virtually” and that “if they need to attend in person, they should closely follow the protective measures guidance, and the number of attendances should be kept to a minimum.”

The guidance adds that where possible, the presence of additional members of staff should be agreed on a weekly basis, rather than a daily basis to limit contacts.

However, the Department has said that sessions delivered by external providers which are not directly required for children’s health and wellbeing “should be suspended”.

Are settings operating from spaces which have been told to close, such as churches and community halls, able to reopen?

Yes. Department for Education guidance states that: “Since 1 June, community centres, village halls and places of worship have been able to open for providers on the early years register which usually use those premises. Providers should ensure they are acting in line with the protective measures and safe working guidance as well as the planning guide for early years and childcare settings. They should also ensure they are managing risks related to other users of the premises.”

Are we allowed to take children out on trips to the park and other public spaces?

Yes. The Department for Education guidance states that: “Settings should maximise use of private outdoor space, while keeping small groups of children and staff away from other groups.

“Childminders and early years providers may take small groups of children to outdoor public spaces, for example parks, provided that a risk assessment demonstrates that they can stay 2m away from other people at all times.

“This should be restricted to small groups and should be done in line with wider government guidelines on the number of people who can meet in outdoor public places. Providers should not take larger groups of children to public outdoor spaces at one time.”

As the government has restricted gatherings of more than six people in outdoor public places, this means that, as it stands, “small groups” can be no more than six in total.

My setting is reopening after being closed. How can I reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease?

The Health and Safety Executive has guidance available on this here.

My local authority has advised local schools and early years settings not to reopen. Does this mean I can’t?

No. It is up to private, voluntary and independent providers whether or not they choose to reopen.

Can local authorities who are opposed to the reopening of schools and early years settings able to prevent PVI providers who are based in LA-owned buildings from opening (by not letting them use the building)?

The Department for Education has confirmed to the Alliance that this would depend on the agreement or contract between the local authority and the provider, highlighting that section 9 in the Childcare Act 2006 states as follows:

Arrangements between local authority and childcare providers

(1) This section applies where an English local authority makes arrangements with a person (other than the governing body of a maintained school) for the provision by that person of childcare in consideration of financial assistance provided by the authority under the arrangements.

(2) The local authority must exercise their functions with a view to securing that the provider of the childcare meets any requirements imposed on him by the arrangements.

(3) The requirements imposed by the arrangements may, in particular, if any specified conditions are not satisfied, require the repayment of the whole or any part of any financial assistance provided by the local authority under the arrangements.”

The DfE additionally advised that local authorities do have duties to secure free childcare provision in their areas under the Act more widely and that providers could consider challenging their local authority under the agreement.


Scientific guidance 

The DfE has published an overview of scientific advice and information on coronavirus for educational settings. 

The department's response to the issues draws on information from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and its sub-group the Children’s Task and Finish Working Group, as well as the broader advice from engagement with Public Health England.

Overview of scientific advice and information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)


Key links

Planning guide for early years and childcare settings 

— Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

COVID-19: Cleaning of non-healthcare settings

— Details on phased wider openings of schools, colleges and nurseries

— Read the government's 'recovery strategy' document here 


NEW! FREE RESOURCE PACKS

The Welcome Back bundle

We have produced a free bundle of packs (three in total) to support you, your children and your families as your provision re-opens, whenever that may be.

Pack 1   Pack 2   

 

Pack 1: Supporting practitioners, children and families to return to your provision

Pack 1This first pack in the bundle supports you to keep children at the heart of your provision during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) period and beyond.

Relevant to all early years workers including nursery or pre-school managers, childminders or volunteers, this resource will:

— consider the implications for a return to ‘normal’ as children, families and practitioners prepare to return to the setting
— introduce practical ideas and resources to ease the transition from lockdown
— prepare you to meet the needs of those who have suffered loss or had difficult experiences during lockdown.

This pack is FREE to Alliance members and available in the Members' Area.

Non-members can buy it from the Alliance online shop.

 

Watch it now! Webinar: Supporting practitioners, children and families to return to your provision

Pack 2: Preparing your premises and the early years environment

Pack 2This resource pack supports you by offering practical actions required to prepare effectively for re-opening. 

Nursery and pre-school managers, practitioners, childminders and volunteers will:

— identify the steps necessary to prepare successfully for the opening of their service and identify some changes to practice that may be required
— consider the health and safety implications for buildings where their service is situated that have been closed
— recognise the importance of creating a welcoming environment for children and their families who have been away for some time.

This pack is FREE to Alliance members and available in the Members' Area.

Non-members can buy it from the Alliance online shop.

Pack 3: Meet the needs of children from day one

Pack 3This pack covers:

— settling-in and supporting transitions (building on information from More About Me)
— a focus on observation and assessment
— to establish ‘where children are now’ in their learning and development
— recognising specific issues i.e. behaviour management
— safeguarding, SEND and the implications for children who have had negative experiences of being at home.

Placing the child at the centre of the process, practitioners are encouraged to consider how to create an environment — physically, emotionally and pedagogically — that ensures, as far as possible, the health and safety of children and supports their learning and development.

This pack is FREE to Alliance members and available in the Members' Area.

Non-members can buy it from the Alliance online shop.

 

Watch it now! Webinar: Meet the needs of children from day one

 


NEW! FREE 'WELCOME BACK' PACKS FOR CHILDMINDERS

The Welcome Back bundle

The three packs that make up the ‘Welcome Back’ bundle have been developed to support childminders as you consider the implications for welcoming children back to your home.

The emphasis throughout is to keep children at the centre of the process. Each pack addresses the challenges you may face as you provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment in your home. You will be encouraged to reflect on the government’s guidance and consider the options for your provision.

The templates included are easily adaptable to suit the unique circumstances faced by you and the families you support.

Supporting mental health and wellbeing  Creating a safe and enabling environment  Meeting the needs of every child from day one

 

Pack 1: Supporting mental health and wellbeing

Supporting mental health coverThe presentation focuses on your own mental health and wellbeing as well as the children in your care.

It covers:

— the emotional implications for you, the children and the families you support as we all prepare to return to the ‘new normal’

— practical ideas and resources to support you to ease into the transition from lockdown

— preparation to meet the needs of those who have suffered loss or had difficult experiences during lockdown.

The pack and adaptable templates are free to Alliance members and available in the Members' Area.

Non-members can purchase all three packs in the Welcome Back Childminder bundle for just £15 in our online shop.

Pack 2: Creating a safe and enabling environment

Creating a safe and enabling environmentThis presentation supports you to consider some of the practical actions that are required prior to re-opening.

There is one template included that may help you to complete a risk assessment as required by the government. There is also a checklist that will help you to focus on some of the additional things that the government has identified.

The pack and adaptable templates are free to Alliance members and available in the Members' Area.

Non-members can purchase all three packs in the Welcome Back Childminder bundle for just £15 in our online shop.

Pack 3: Meeting the needs of every child from day one 

Meeting the needs of every child coverThis pack builds on Pack One, as it relies on the information you gather prior to re-opening. There is also emphasis on using the EYFS principles to inform practice.

The presentation focuses on how you can support the personal, social and emotional development of every child from the moment they return to you.

There are four templates included in this pack.

The pack and adaptable templates are free to Alliance members and available in the Members' Area.

Non-members can purchase all three packs in the Welcome Back Childminder bundle for just £15 in our online shop.

 


Resources to support provision staying open during lockdown

The Alliance has produced a resource, Maintaining your provision and staying opento support providers that are staying open and operating during the pandemic.

Read more details about Maintaining your provision and staying open

The pack supports you to consider the disapplications and moderations to the EYFS that came into force on 24 April. You can use these with your teams or colleagues to share information and to reflect on the implications for your practice.

The pack includes a PDF presentation and facilitator notes, paediatric First Aid risk assessment and guidance plus other resources on ratios. 

The pack is free to members and available in the Members' Area.

For an explanation of the temporary changes to the EYFS during the pandemic please read our EYFS changes in the coronavirus crisis page.

Free EduCare bundle: Wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak — available now FREE for the WHOLE SECTOR!

Read more about this FREE course bundle (worth £84)

The Early Years Alliance and EduCare are working together to offer even more practical support to providers in this difficult time.

Wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak contains FIVE CPD-recognised courses that give practical advice on ways to understand and manage anxiety, low mood and depression over the coming months. It also includes guidance on online safety.

These online courses (normally worth £84.00) are completely FREE to ALL PROVIDERS and their teams until 30 June 2020.

Find out more here.

 


 

 

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