Last Updated 3:23pm, 2 July 2020
- Information for parents who have been offered a place for their child in a reception class for September 2020.
- New guidance for parents and carers covering changes to out-of-school settings for children and young people, including after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition and community activities, is available on the government website.
- The government has also published protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- Early years providers are now able to open for all children. This and further guidance on what early years and childcare providers need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including updated information about protective measures, is available on the government website.
- The government has published information for parents and carers about early years providers during the outbreak.
Support for early years and childcare providers
The Early Years and Childcare Service want to make sure that you are kept up to date with the latest advice and information. You can do this in the following ways:
Early years and childcare advisers are available for providers to call, Skype or email.
The funding helpdesk continues to be available for providers questions about the entitlement funding. Email queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are managing additional funding to support providers through and beyond the pandemic.
Please note that the team are currently working from home, so please do not send any post to County Hall.
Information for early years and childcare providers
- A letter from the Devon Early Years and Childcare Service to providers regarding the re-opening of childcare
- A letter to parents and carers from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning – the letter is also available in other languages
- Dawn Stabb, Devon’s Head of Education and Learning, has written a second letter to parents and carers. Providers: please share this letter with parents and carers on your registers. It can be added to your website and social media accounts as well.
Local re-opening guidance and sample risk assessment
In order to help you plan and prepare to re-open your setting to more children we have put together Devon Guidance for Early Years and Childcare Providers re-opening 1 June and a sample Childcare Risk Assessment that can be adapted when re-opening your childcare.
Attendance register for the Department for Education returns
All early years and childcare providers, with children who have not yet started in the reception class, should complete a short online register each day.
The data derived from the register may be used for various purposes such as sufficiency and budget planning and it will also help to plan resources.
If you need further help in filling out the attendance register, please take a look at our user guide (PDF).
Ofsted are working with us to find out which providers are currently open or temporarily closed. This is to help us support vulnerable children as best we can. To help Ofsted gather this information, they may be in contact with you directly.
In the meantime, if your operating circumstance change (you open or close), notify Ofsted by sending an email to email@example.com with ‘Change in operating hours’ in the subject field. In the body of the email, please confirm the unique reference number for each setting and the details of the change.
Further guidance and the latest updates from Ofsted relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers are available on the government website.
Keep your details up to date on Pinpoint
Please ensure your Pinpoint record is up to date and shows whether you are open or closed.
Information about financial support for early years and childcare providers is available on our webpages.
Early Years funding for two, three and four-year-olds
The government have extended the eligibility for 2-year-old funding to families of two-year-olds that have no recourse to public funds (NRPF) for the duration of the pandemic.
Families will be contacted by their social worker if they are eligible. Our team will be in touch with you if a family will be attending your setting.
The Department for Work and Pensions has not provided lists of parents who eligible for two-year-old funding, so golden tickets have not been sent out.
For additional and more detailed information, please visit our webpages.
All face-to-face training has been cancelled until further notice. However, we have a range of eLearning modules available to access via the DEL training website.
Government guidance for early years and childcare providers
- Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June 2020
- Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
- Guidance on what early years and childcare providers need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings
- Safe Working in Education, Childcare and Childrens Social Care Settings including the use of Personal Protective equipment (PPE)
- List of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- Funding and financial support available for education, childcare and children’s social care organisations.
- Use of free early education entitlements during the coronavirus outbreak