Government updates

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 22 February and 1 March 2021.

Survey of childcare and early years providers and coronavirus (COVID-19): wave 3

Wave 3 of research with childcare providers in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made: first published.

Use of free early education entitlements funding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Funding for local authorities and early years providers through the early years dedicated schools grant (DSG).

Change made: update: the government’s plans for funding local authorities in the 2021 spring term and for the financial year 2021 to 2022.

Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests

Find out who is eligible for twice-weekly testing and how to get tested if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance is for people without symptoms.

Change made: new information explaining what ‘related occupations’ are to schools, nurseries and college staff and students. Added ‘early years education’ because the service includes childminders and childcare staff who do not work in nurseries.

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: added information about the qualifications affected by changes to NCFE CACHE early years educator (EYE) and early years educator (EYP) qualifications.