The DfE has updated its previous guidance for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak. With the National lockdown still in place, providers should continue to follow the National restrictions guidance until 2nd December when the new tier system is put in place.

The guidance has been updated with the following information:

  • employer health and safety and equalities duties (section 3.2)
  • staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable (section 3.2)
  • staff who are pregnant (section 3.2)
  • close contact with someone with symptoms (section 3.3)
  • use of face coverings (section 3.3)
  • enhanced cleaning (section 3.3)
  • guidance on result of negative or positive test (section 3.3)
  • travel (section 3.4)
  • visitors to the setting: external professionals and parents (section 3.5)
  • music, dance and drama: organised performances (section 3.10)
  • children self-isolating / clinically extremely vulnerable (section 4.1)
  • special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) (section 6.5)
  • early years foundation stage (EYFS) disapplications and requirements for paediatric first aid (section 7.1 to 7.8)
  • planning for and supporting children’s learning (section 7.2)
  • resuming Ofsted inspections (section 8.3)
  • temporary changes to 30 hours entitlement (section 10.3 – 10.4)
  • business support including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (section 10.5)
  • arrangements for providing meals (section 10.10)

The guidance also has added information on:

  • protected characteristics (section 3.1)
  • ventilation and thermal comfort (section 3.3)
  • printable early years action card (section 3.3)
  • printable card on What to do if a child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (section 3.3)
  • the NHS app (section 3.3)
  • visitors to the setting: recruitment, supply staff and students (section 3.5)
  • malleable materials (messy play) (section 3.7)
  • vaccines and teething (section 3.8)
  • local restriction tiers (section 3.9)
  • staff needing to self-isolate after returning from abroad (section 5.2)
  • trips to indoor spaces (including soft play) (section 5.6)
  • parent and child groups (section 5.7)
  • childminder with household member self-isolating (section 9.5)

The full guidance, as published on the government’s official website can be found here.



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