Letting Ofsted know if you are open or closed
We have been working with the Department for Education (DfE) and local authorities to find out which early years providers, including childminders, are currently open or temporarily closed. This is to help find out if there is sufficient and accessible childcare available and to help support vulnerable children as best we can.
On 26 January 2021, Ofsted issued a survey to wraparound childcare providers on behalf of the DfE. The DfE are collecting information about wraparound care and sufficiency within the sector. Ofsted and the DfE have worked together on this to help inform the department’s ongoing response to COVID-19. If you have received this email, please complete the survey before 5 February 2021.
If your operating circumstances do change (you open or close), email email@example.com with ‘Change in operating hours’ in the subject field. Please do this even if you have already notified us about a closure due to COVID-19 cases. In the body of the email, please confirm the unique reference number for each setting and the details of the change. You can find your URN on your registration, your inspection report(s), and on your Ofsted reports page.
Prime Minister confirms schools and colleges will not return to full face-to-face education after February half-term.
This data is published fortnightly. It gives the number of registered early years and childcare providers reporting one or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) by week.
Updated the number of cases for the week beginning 21 December as this was incomplete due to closures over the Christmas period. Also added data for weeks beginning 28 December 2021 and 4 January 2021.
Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in January 2021.
Change made: This guidance has been updated following the PHE position statement on daily contact testing.
Page summary: Funding and financial support available for education, childcare and children’s social care organisations.
Change made: Updated to remove outdated sector specific guidance for early years providers and reflect detail on public and private income from school-based nursery provision for mainstream state-funded schools.
Page summary: Ofsted guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers.
Change made: Updated the ‘Registered early years and social care provision’ section under ‘Current activity’ to confirm that we may carry out further regulatory work if we have information that we were holding for a provider’s next inspection.
Steps data protection officers and organisation heads of education providers should take to stay compliant with data protection laws after the transition period.