COVID-19: EARLY YEARS UPDATE - 10 June

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Latest update for early years settings - 10 June

dan barton

Dear All,

We hope that you will find the updates contained in this bulletin informative. As ever, thank you for all that you are doing to support children and families across the county.

Take care,

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


Early Years checklist and risk assessment for PVI providers

In the light of further guidance released both nationally and locally, updates have been made to the risk assessment by the Early Years team. We will continue to update the document and share via these bulletins weekly.


COVID-19 resource pack for educational settings

Cumbria County Council has created a resource pack which aims to bring together, in one place, all the most up to date information about national and local support available to educational settings.

This document has been created using information taken directly from the PHE (Public Health England) NW COVID-19 Resource Pack for Schools (Version 1 – 1 June 2020) and supplemented with additional information about the Cumbria local contact, test and trace systems. In addition the resource includes information in relation to the various queries we’ve been receiving regularly from schools and other setting leaders.  


Supporting children through a bereavement and trauma

Are you wondering how you can effectively support very young children who may be experiencing a recent bereavement or struggling to cope with anxieties and issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Many practitioners working with young children worry about not doing the ‘right thing’ when it comes to bereavement. Child Bereavement UK and Winston’s Wish are two registered charities which have a wealth of information and guidance to assist you in responding confidently and appropriately to the children and families in your care.

This week Child Bereavement UK are holding a free webinar for Early Years educators tomorrow 11 June  from 10am-11.30am on Early Years Bereavement Awareness training. Click here to register your free place.

Supporting young children and families through trauma

Beacon House are an organisation that seek to develop freely available resources so that knowledge about the repair of trauma and adversity is in the hands of those who need it. They share helpful resources on their website, including ideas for activities for children within the early years, as well as adults.


Paediatric First Aid training available in Cumbria

As Early Years Providers, you will be aware of the statutory requirement to have someone with paediatric first aid on site. If your certificate expired after 16 March 2020 Ofsted have extended that qualification until no later than 30 September 2020. The full guidance is available here

If asked to do so providers should be able to explain why the first aider has not been able to requalify and demonstrate what steps they have taken to access the training. Employers or certificate holders must do their best to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity. The practical elements of PFA courses should be delivered face to face, so that competency can be properly assessed.

To access a paediatric first aid course please contact your local or usual provider.


Face coverings and small children

On Thursday 4 June, it was announced that from Monday 15 June, it would be mandatory (a legal requirement) for the public to use face coverings on public transport . See announcement here. It is important to remember, however, that people are still being advised to avoid public transport where they can.

Are there certain groups of people who should not wear a face covering? We are awaiting more detail from the Government on this one, but we do know that young children (face coverings pose a suffocation risk for children under the age of two), some people with disabilities and others with breathing problems are not required to wear a face covering. If in doubt speak to your GP, other health practitioner or health visitor for advice.


Dentists reopening

The Cumbria NHS Oral Improvement Team have asked us to share information about the reopening of dental surgeries that is taking place across Cumbria this week. See more here.

Not all practices will re-open at the same time but if people have a dental problem they need to ring their own practice. If they do not have a dentist and they have an urgent problem they need to contact:

  • North Cumbria 01228 603900
  • South Cumbria 01539 716822

After 6pm and at weekends contact NHS 111.


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:

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