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Keep up to date with the latest news and updates from the Early Years and Childcare Service. You can subscribe to receive a weekly email digest of new updates (sent every Friday morning). You can also receive the same updates by following us on Facebook.

COVID-19 – Updated guidance on mental health and wellbeing

Includes updated advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people and advice on how to look after your own mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


MindEd – Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub

Helping frontline staff to manage your mental health and wellbeing


MindEd – free e-learning available around wellbeing and mental health

There is free e-learning available from MindEd around wellbeing and mental health


Open University launches free children’s mental health course

A free online course to support children’s mental health and wellbeing has been launched by the Open University.


Early Years Attendance Register

Thank you for continuing to submit your attendance registers; we do appreciate the effort and time involved. Please remember to complete both sections relating to attendance.


Survey of childcare and early years providers and COVID-19

Research with childcare providers in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings

The Department for Education (DfE) has published safeguarding guidance for providers of activities, after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings (OOSS) in England.


Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Ofsted guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers.


Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.


SEND Strategy 2021-2024 Survey

Devon County Council, Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and partner organisations are committed to ensuring that every child with a special educational need or disability (SEND) has the best start in life and the opportunity to thrive.