COVID-19: Early Years update... 1 July

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In today's update:

dan barton

Dear Colleagues,

We have a number of updates for you today, including a reminder of the risk assessment and re-opening support materials for those of you that are in the early stages of this process. As ever, thank you all for everything that you are doing to provide high quality care and education for young children and their families.

Dan Barton

Assistant Director - Education and Skills

Have your say on draft Outbreak Control Plan

Yesterday the council published Cumbria's draft Outbreak Control Plan. The plan describes Cumbria's approach to managing outbreaks of Covid-19, including in schools and Early Years settings. 

It is in 3 parts:

  • Part 1 describes the overall strategy and approach being taken
  • Part 2 sets out the detail of the operating procedures that each bit of the local system will follow
  • Part 3 lists key contact details that may be required by people responding to incidents and outbreaks.

Parts 1 and 2 are now open for public consultation.

Section 5 of Part 2: Operational Response relates specifically to responding to outbreaks in education settings.

People have until 31 July to provide feedback on the plan. In the interim the plan is live. 

Following review of consultation feedback a final plan will be adopted by Cumbria's Local Resilience Forum and will form part of the overall Cumbria Emergency Plan framework.

Full details of the county's approach to Outbreak Control can be found at

Paediatric First Aid Training

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.

Many of the providers of Paediatric 1st Aid Training in Cumbria are now taking bookings for courses with courses starting from 4th July please contact your local provider to book a course. Courses will have smaller numbers so even if your accreditation has not yet expired, early booking is recommended.

Early Years checklist and risk assessment for PVI providers

In the light of further guidance released both nationally and locally, the risk assessment for early years providers is kept under constant review. Please find the latest version here.

For those of you that are in the early stages of reopening, you may find the welcome back materials useful.

We are currently working with Health and Safety colleagues on a risk assessment specifically for managing visitors to your setting and this will be available to you soon.

Reminder to complete our Daily Attendance data collection form

We are continuing to ask you to complete a daily attendance survey as this information is important for our planning and reporting. If you are a PVI early years provider, please complete our attendance survey using the following link before 11am each day:


Director of Public Health - summary COVID-19 position for Cumbria

Understandably educational settings want the most up to date information about COVID-19 to inform their risk assessments and planning.

Cumbria's Director of Public Health has summarised the position for Cumbria at the current time.

+ COVID-19 update (29 June)

Quick guide - important numbers and links