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Update for early years settings - 5 June

dan barton

Dear All,

I would like to thank you for all that you have been doing this week to respond to the requirement to reopen early years settings during this unprecedented time.

I recognise that this has been an enormous ask, with many additional factors to consider when the specific needs of our youngest children are taken into account. Thank you for working incredibly hard and in partnership with all of us within the County Council to achieve such stability and continuity within the sector. Your commitment and expertise to support families across the county is incredible.

Take care,

Dan Barton
Assistant Director - Education & Skills
Cumbria County Council 

Early Years Survey reminder

Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey about re-opening your provision. If you have not already done so, please complete the Early Years Survey today.

We recognise this is an ever changing situation and that your plans might change, so please try to keep us informed. Thank you for all that you are doing to support children and families.

Reminder to complete our Daily Attendance data collection form

If you are a PVI early years provider, please complete the new survey using the following link before 11am each day:


Supporting Children’s Speech, Language and Communication Development in Early Years Settings and Schools

We have produced a new guidance document that contains general advice in relation to the speech, language and communication development of children. It suggests strategies which may be useful for some children and general good practice for all.

We would also like to remind you that there are many new and updated resources available for you on the Early Years Website and we hope that you will find these very useful as you continue to support your children and families.

Education Development Trust (EDT) and Elklan have produced some useful online resources that support early communication here.

Foundation Years updates

Please do continue to keep in touch with updates that are posted on the Foundation Years website. This week, the information includes the following:

A video podcast with the Department for Education (DfE) to answer your questions and share the latest information that Providers can use when planning to reopen.

Updates on protective measures for early years settings that includes the use of sand and water, and going outdoors. There are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) here.

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.