COVID-19: Early Years update.... 6 July

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In today's update:

dan barton

Dear Colleagues,

By now I’m sure you will have read through the guidance released last week, not an insignificant task in itself.
Despite the volume, I think it is fair to say there are no real surprises in what has been published and in the main it is in line with what we have been predicting. However, there is of course significant thinking and planning required to prepare for both the Summer and September, and not all of it will be straightforward. Given all educational providers’ situations are different, necessarily the bulk of that planning will fall on Leaders and Managers and we absolutely recognise that will be a challenge.

The September Education Planning group, which brings together the Local Authority with system leaders from across the sectors, has initiated a number of key workstreams to support educational providers, including: summer activities; Human Resources – a consistent approach; attendance; transport; and health and safety. The work streams will be working to review key issues and provide appropriate advice, guidance and support to schools and settings. We will be providing regular updates over the coming weeks.

As you know, Government guidance to the sector has been updated with sometimes dizzying regularity and it would not be unreasonable to anticipate further changes and updates, but the direction of travel is now very clear.
We remain absolutely committed to supporting colleagues in all education settings to ensure we are all as well prepared as possible for pupils returning.
As ever, thank you for your ongoing efforts.


Dan Barton
Assistant Director - Education and Skills

Updated guidance for schools and settings

Following the updated documents for early years and childcare providers, and schools, that were released last week, the Early Years Team have produced two documents to help summarise the main changes:

Guidance for full opening of schools
Summary of changes to early years guidance 

Ofsted announcement for Autumn Visits

Ofsted have released information regarding their plans for visiting settings in the Autumn . This includes an update for early years providers:

From the autumn, visits will also be made to regulated nurseries and childminders to monitor progress and regulatory standards, prioritising those where we have concerns as well as looking at a wider sample.’

More information about the phased return to inspection 

Useful resources

Please see the links below for some information that has been provided by Early Education:

Practitioner Forums

A reminder that Practitioner Forums are due to take place in July to help us to support each other in keeping children safe.

Barrow – Tuesday 7th July 09:30 – 10:00am
South Lakes – Wednesday 15th July 1:00pm – 2:20pm
Carlisle and Eden – Wednesday 15th July 12:00 – 2:00pm
Allerdale, Copeland and Millom – Friday 17th July 10:00 – 12:00 (this is one meeting for all three areas)

Due to current restrictions, these will take place via Microsoft Teams. Please check details through the CSCP website .

Early Years Daily Attendance Survey

Please could you ensure that you continue to fill in the data return daily. As the survey was updated recently, please ensure that you use this link and not a previous one. This is of particular importance on a Thursday when we use it to submit our weekly return to the Department for Education

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