COVID-19: EARLY YEARS UPDATE - 1 May

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Update for early years settings - 1 May


dan barton

Dear All,

After another long week, please accept, and as ever pass on, our thanks to everyone in your organisations who is working so hard for the children and families in Cumbria.

Without your commitment and support, many key workers across Cumbria would have been unable to continue to work, and we are also seeing more vulnerable children take up places within early years provision.

Thank you for all that you are doing.

Dan Barton
Assistant Director - Education & Skills
Cumbria County Council 


Joint letter to Chancellor and Minister for Children and Families

This week, four of the UK’s leading early years organisations have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak and the Minister for Children and Families, Vicky Ford urging them to support the early years sector during the current pandemic crisis. The letters are jointly signed by the NDNA, Early Education, PACEY and the Early Years Alliance:

Letter to Vicky Ford and DfE 

Letter to Rishi Sunak and Treasury


Solihull Practitioner Training

On 16 April, we shared with you the news that Public Health colleagues have arranged one year’s access to the online version of the Solihull parenting course and invited you to use this opportunity and promote the courses among your families

There is further good news as the Practitioner modules are now also available to access in Cumbria FREE of charge.

These modules provide a greater depth of knowledge than the parent/carer courses and may be accessed across the workforce as CPD.

Understanding Trauma - This course covers Type 1 and Type 2 trauma, the window of tolerance, going through a traumatic experience, neurology and trauma, recognising trauma, recovery from trauma, and more...

Understanding Attachment - This course is for practitioners who want to understand more about attachment, and shows how containment and reciprocity underpin the quality of an attachment.

Understanding Brain Development – This course is for practitioners who want an introduction to brain development from the antenatal period to adolescence.

The password for all courses is WORDSWORTHPRF (valid until April 2021). Please see how to access the course here.


Social distancing in education and childcare settings

The implementation of social distancing measures within a school environment is required to help ensure that the risk of virus spread for both staff and children is as low as possible, in education and childcare settings that remain open.

It is recognised that the practicalities of this can be very difficult, particularly for those settings with Early Years and Primary age children. However mitigating the spread of coronavirus has to continue to be a top priority. The Government released the guidance document implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings which provides advice to support staff working in schools and other childcare settings with measures that can be implemented to help limit the risk of the virus entering and spreading within the setting.

It is understandable that social distancing measures within education and childcare settings will be hard to maintain and therefore staff are reminded to implement the measures as far as they are able, whilst ensuring they and the children remain safe within their settings.

In order to continue to manage and reduce the risks it is important to consider what additional measures could be taken and these should be identified and your existing risk assessment reviewed and amended accordingly. If you require any additional support whilst reviewing your risk assessments, please feel free to contact the Health and Safety team for advice.


Archive of early years bulletins on our website

Past editions of this Early Years bulletin are archived and available on the Education Tactical Co-ordination Group website:

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/education.asp


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