Government updates

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 in the spring term 2021.

Change made: added information on asymptomatic testing for parents and adults in households with children at school or college.

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: ‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ document updated to correct formatting and links.

Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update

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 ‘Early years and childcare’ section to inform providers that notifications of confirmed cases of COVID-19 will not prompt a regulatory visit.

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

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.

Change made: added data for weeks beginning 8 and 15 February 2021

Check early years qualifications

Find out if a person’s qualifications allow them to work in an early years setting, and if you can include them in staff:child ratios.

Change made: updated ‘Overseas qualifications’ section with instructions on how to apply for recognition.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) local restrictions in education and childcare settings

Page summary: How settings can prepare for restrictions to help contain community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made: First published.