Last Updated 8:38am, 18 September 2020
- Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- Please make parents and carers aware of the government guidance about early years providers in the autumn term.
- Guidance for education providers about Ofsted’s phased return to inspection.
Please refer to the main Children, education and families coronavirus (COVID-19) advice page for Early Years information for parents and carers.
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 email@example.com
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
There is also a poster with details of how to contact PHE as well as a flowchart with guidance for childcare and educational settings about the management of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Department for Education have produced an action list detailing what to do if a child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.
Ofsted will be carrying out a phased return to inspection and have announced their plans from September 2020, starting with interim visits for registered early years providers.
The intention is to resume full inspections in January 2021, but this is still under review.
Don’t forget, if your operating circumstance change (you open or close), you need to notify Ofsted by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Funding and financial support available for education, childcare and children’s social care organisations.
- Use of free early education entitlements during the coronavirus outbreak
- Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications
- The government has also published protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
- Safe Working in Education, Childcare and Childrens Social Care Settings including the use of Personal Protective equipment (PPE)