Parenta COVID-19 information
Keep up-to-date with all the latest news from the Government’s general guidance, advice from the Department for Education and also from Ofsted. Here are all the handy links you need, all in one place!
Official Government updates
- The NHS COVID-19 app. Read More.
- Use of free early education entitlements funding during coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more
Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more.
Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1st June. Read more.
Use of free early education entitlements funding during coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more.
The government has confirmed that apprentices can continue with their funded training, when their employer uses the job retention scheme, as long as they are paid the apprenticeship minimum wage “for all the time they spend training”. Read more.
Department for Education states EYFS still applies in full, despite the COVID-19 situation – Early years foundation stage profile will not take place this year, but teachers should still follow framework. Read more.
- Updated guidance from HMRC states childcare staff can be placed on furlough more than once – HMRC has clarified that childcare staff can be placed on furlough more than once, giving nurseries the flexibility to ‘unfurlough’ and ‘refurlough’ staff when practitioners are off sick or in self-isolation. Read more.
- The emergency loans scheme for businesses struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic has been revamped following strong criticism and developments will be watched closely by the early years sector. Read more.
News and useful information
- Early years self-employment income funds available
- Language Gap could be improved with new early years ‘catch-up’ sessions
- Emergency funding to support the most vulnerable in society, including children and young people, during pandemic
- “There is a great deal of logic in young children returning to school first” – Ofsted
- The reality of the impact of coronavirus lockdown on early years settings
- Early Years HR specialist, Jacqui Mann, shares her wealth of knowledge with us; and discusses the confusing topic of furlough. Read on for her valuable advice – from training and annual leave, to returning to work.
- How UK companies can access state Covid-19 bailout funds – Top tips to help with confusion about claiming support from the chancellor’s rescue packages
- Settings encouraged to stay open over the Easter holiday – A new section has been added regarding school holidays at the bottom of the government’s guidance on childcare closures which was issued last week.
- Hub working – Also added to the guidance is a new section on hub working, where settings can merge and ‘pool’ their staff to enable sufficient numbers of children to be able to be offered a place for a setting to remain viable.
Guidance for settings
Guidance on infection prevention and control:
- Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings
- Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings
- Planning guide for early years and childcare settings
Guidance on funding
- Financial support for education, early years and children’s social care
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Use of free early education entitlements funding
Other relevant guidance:
- What to do if a child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus. The guidance includes an immediate action list, plus advice on what steps to take if the child tests positive for the virus. The guidance is available here.
- Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
- Supporting vulnerable children and young people
- guidance on the early years foundation stage (EYFS) disapplications
- Ofsted’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Links and contact information
- GOV.UK – Number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK. This information is updated daily.
- Department For Education – Guidance for schools and other educational settings in providing advice about the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.
Call: 0800 046 8687
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