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Update for early years settings April 8

dan barton

Dear All,

It’s now three weeks since the point in the Covid-19 epidemic at which we were instructed to close all schools and early years settings, and for a number to remain open to support the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

We understood early on that, in Cumbria, we would need to develop a model which pooled our resources, and supported colleagues across the system to work together. Our approach has been borne out by subsequent announcements from central government, and I am grateful to everyone for being on board with the plan from the outset. This has enabled us to continue to be ahead of the curve.

Thanks again for all your support and hard work. 


Dan Barton, Assistant Director - Education and Skills

Home Learning

Yesterday, the Department for Education released a list of home learning resources for children within Primary and Secondary schools.

We are aware that there is a wealth of resources online for families of children within the Early Years available on-line as well. The Early Years Team are starting to pull together some information on these but an excellent place to start for families is Cumbria’s Time Together at Home guidance.

Look out for more information for families soon.

Healthy Families Cumbria Pledge

The Healthy Families Cumbria Pledge was launched at the end of last year and we are looking forward to announcing the first settings to have signed up. Please continue to check the website for updates  and join our Facebook group to share ideas about activities and resources for families to help to keep them happy and healthy during this difficult time.

Funding for schools

Yesterday the government announced funding measures for maintained schools with regards to the Coronavirus epidemic. We are aware that this guidance does not apply to the PVI sector and are closely monitoring the situation for any relevant updates for the early years sector.

New book to support young children

The illustrator from The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler, has produced a book about Covid-19 for children, Coronavirus: a book for children, and it is available FREE to download.

He worked closely with experts including head teachers and a psychologist to make sure that the messages were helpful. Please share with your families so that it is available to every family that needs it.

New Course – Coping during the Pandemic

A free online course has been developed for everyone in response to the recent global pandemic.

It contains helpful information about how to avoid catching/spreading the virus, what immediate feelings you may have and common reactions, managing your mental health at this time, managing isolation and social distancing, self-care, supporting children and young people and some accessible information.

The course is free to access for everyone. You can find the link here.

Please share this as it will be helpful to everyone you know, and it will be continually updated with the latest information and advice.

There is also a Coronavirus page on the website:

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