Childcare settings and Coronavirus
The government has announced that childcare settings are opening for all children, and schools are opening for a phased return of children in reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June. This is alongside vulnerable children and the children of critical workers of any age. Guidance has been published outlining the new measures being put in place that will help reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus, which includes:
- Childcare settings carrying out risk assessments before opening to more children
- Children being grouped together in small numbers that limit contact between other children and staff
- Stringent cleanliness and hygiene measures, including frequently disinfecting surfaces, removing soft toys and other materials that are difficult to clean, and introducing regular hand washing
- Reducing contact between parents and carers during drop off and pick up times, which may be staggered to limit the number of parents arriving at one time
Parents are encouraged to speak to the schools and the early years providers to find out how they are implementing the protective measures guidance and planning guide for early years and childcare settings.
Importantly, if a child or anyone in their household has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, they SHOULD NOT be taken to school, nursery or childminders, and refer themselves to NHS Test and Trace Service and apply for a test here.
Please see further information issued to childminders and early years providers about provision during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Please find further titles and links to all relative COVID19 Gov.uk pages covering eduction, childcare providers and school aged children.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Check if you can get Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-can-get-tax-free-childcare-and-30-hours-free-childcare-during-coronavirus-covid-19
What parents and carers need to know about closures - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Guidance for schools and local authorities on temporary closures - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures
Guidance on school opening for children of key workers in England - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Supporting vulnerable children - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people
Full guidance for schools and other educational settings - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings
Early years financial support - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care