Early Years Update - 07.10.20

Would you like to view this email in a web page? Click here

In today's update:

dan barton

Dear Colleagues,

I am sure that you are all aware of the advice issued by the Health Protection Board last week that in addition to the national “Rule of 6”, people living in Cumbria are being advised that groups of six should be of people from no more than two households. It’s a modest change to try and help slow the spread of the virus. It’s advice, not law, and all the exemptions that apply to the “Rule of 6” also apply. But I’d encourage you to support raising awareness of the advice. We’ve included some posters and graphics for you to use below. Important to note that additional advice to restrict non-essential visits to schools and settings ONLY applies to education providers in the Barrow Borough Council area and remains in place (reflecting the higher infection rate in the district).

Thank you once again for the work you are doing to support children and families across Cumbria.


Dan Barton

Assistant Director - Education and Skills

World Mental Health Day

Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year that has affected all of us in different ways. It is important to remember that we can all do our part to support our colleagues and friends as well as the children and families whose lives you are making such a difference to, day in, day out.

Young Minds are promoting a #helloyellow campaign and encouraging schools and community groups to get involved, and to remind everyone that ‘You are not alone’

The Mental Health Foundation has also produced resources on the theme of ‘Mental Health for All’ here

Early Years Attendance Survey – Please action today

We are collecting Early Years Attendance once per week on a Wednesday.

It is vital that all settings that are open complete this data return weekly as we need to submit this information to the Department for Education. It is expected that the DfE will be reviewing collection of data, but for now it is continuing, so if you have children in your setting, we are asking everyone to complete it.

Thank you for your continued assistance with this piece of work.

Attendance Survey

Public health advice for people living in Cumbria

wo households

Following a recent doubling of the new COVID-19 cases within Cumbria, new public health advice for the county was introduced last week.

By law in England people must not meet indoors or outdoors in groups of more than six people. In addition, from 1 October people living in Cumbria are being strongly advised that groups of six should include people from no more than TWO households.

The advice is not law and the exemptions which apply to the "Rule of 6" also apply.

Please help raise awareness of the advice with parents, staff and pupils.




Risk assessments and the rise in Covid-19 cases

With the local and national rates of Covid-19 rising, it is more important than ever that your setting has an up to date Risk Assessment, which all staff understand and follow. The Early Years team have updated the Risk Assessment document (updated 07/10/2020) to incorporate the latest government and Public Health guidance. The revised document can be found here

In addition all staff must know what to do should a child or member of staff display symptoms or have a positive test result.  Cumbria County Council's Public Health team have developed a flowchart to explain the steps to take. The flowchart has been recently updated and the latest version is here

Health and Safety update

The Local Authority Health and Safety team have produced updated guidance on:

  • Use of heating systems in education settings
  • Portable Heaters and Fire Safety
  • Use of electronic hand dryers in education settings
  • Guidance on Cleaning in education settings
  • Use of Alcohol Hand Sanitiser


Early years healthy development review: call for evidence.