COVID-19: Early Years Update - 29 May

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Early Years Update - 29 May

dan barton

Dear all,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night that the Government’s five tests for easing the lockdown in England have been met, we are moving forwards with our plans to start welcoming children back into educational settings from Monday 1 June. This will be in a measured and phased way to ensure that children and adults will be kept safe.

As we move into this new phase, I would like to send my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of the Early Years Providers who have remained open throughout lockdown to support children within the early years and their families. Provision for our youngest children has been made available through the combined commitment of schools, settings, early years hubs and childminders throughout the county. What you have done has been extraordinary and you have gone over and above what is normally required of you. You have provided continuity, care and support for many families and enabled our county to continue to function through this unprecedented time. Words cannot express our full gratitude for everything you have done.

Dan Barton, Assistant Director - Education and Skills Cumbria County Council

Early Years Checklist and Risk Assessment for PVI Providers

In the light of the Government’s latest early years guidance released 24 May we have updated the check list risk assessment for Providers. Please note that the changes are identified in blue font for updates 28 May and green font for updates 22 May. The updated document also includes some considerations when writing a daily operational plan that you may find helpful. These should be used alongside the Government guidance -  http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/537/1459/7037/17930/43966132531.docx?timestamp=43979124820.

Julien Grenier from Sheringham Nursery and Children’s Centre in Newham has also made available the following risk assessment - https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vT-TEXQnjv515G-MqrBNnmKq1o0jQ-l9YrgF3SsAljXspvaUo7QS8sTcCBzl8vQ0-V8QVQqdnXHoXBl/pub and operational plan - https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSuusF3P9DhR4BgWoETKdPg7_kGm6riXClrQsV_2HbEhXsXEBc9XjUlJ_oPQ5qV4IGZT8d2FsLV1Ml7/pub

that he has prepared with his team. These are not Cumbria County Council documents but you may find some of the information useful for reference if used alongside the latest Government guidance.