Government updates

UK regulator approves use of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in 5 to 11-year olds

A new paediatric formulation of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children aged 5 to 11 after meeting the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards.


JCVI issues new vaccination advice for children and young people

Vaccinations are to be offered to 5 to 11 year olds who are at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19).


 

Evidence summary: COVID-19 – children, young people and education settings

DfE papers summarising evidence in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly around children, young people and education settings.

Change made: added ‘Evidence summary: COVID-19 – face coverings in education settings January 2022’.


Reported COVID-19 notifications by registered early years and childcare settings

Data on the number of registered early years and childcare providers reporting one or more confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Change made: added data for weeks beginning 13 and 20 December.


COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding

Information for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

Change made: updated ‘COVID-19 vaccination: a guide on pregnancy and breastfeeding’


For providers:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made: guidance updated in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests, clarification that children can return to the setting on day 7 if they’ve had 2 negative LFD tests and guidance on testing under 5s for household contacts.


Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made: updated guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests and clarifying that children can return to school after day 7 if they’ve had 2 negative LFD tests.


Managing coronavirus (COVID-19) in education and childcare settings

What measures education and childcare settings should be prepared to introduce to manage coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made: updated advice on face coverings and baseline measures.


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Change made: updated guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests and clarifying that children can return to school after day 7 if they’ve had two negative LFD tests.


 

Recruitment:

Display adverts from Find an apprenticeship if you don’t have an Apprenticeship service account

How to access the Display adverts API if you don’t have an Apprenticeship service account.


Creating an apprenticeship advert as an employer

How employers can create apprenticeship adverts using their apprenticeship service account.

Change made: added in information about how to access recruitment APIs.


Recruit an apprentice

How to use the Recruit an apprentice service to create, post and manage apprenticeship adverts.

Change made: added sections for employers, training providers and the Display API with links to new recruitment pages.


Teach in England if you qualified outside the UK

Find out about the visa and immigration routes, qualifications and help available for overseas teachers who trained outside the UK.

Change made: updated information on the EU Settlement Scheme, salary requirement threshold figures for a skilled worker visa and international travel during COVID-19. Also updated the adviser service and contact section and added Oak National Academy to ‘Further information’.


For parents / carers:

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19

Information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges.

Change made: updated guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests and clarifying that children can return to school after day 7 if they’ve had 2 negative LFD tests.


Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.

Change made: updated guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests and clarifying that children can return to school after day 7 if they’ve had 2 negative LFD tests.