Early Years Update 21.10.2020

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In today's update:

dan barton

Dear Colleagues

Whilst the news locally and nationally in terms of rising infection levels is not positive, Cumbria (with the exception of Barrow) remains in a better position than most areas in the region, it remains to be seen if more drastic action will be taken by Government and what that might mean for our education providers. It's very uncertain at the moment but we will of course keep you updated.

As ever, thank you for your incredible hard work and skills, this is not easy. For those of you that are working throughout half term, and for those of you that are taking a break, we are grateful as ever for your dedication for the families of Cumbria.


Dan Barton

Assistant Director - Education and Skills

Early Years Attendance Survey – Please action today

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

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

It is important that all providers complete this data return weekly as we are required to submit the information to the Department for Education.

Attendance Survey

Job Support Scheme Expanded

  • Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions
  • government will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect jobs over the coming months
  • cash grants for businesses required to close in local lockdowns also increased to up to £3,000 per month

Under the expansion, firms whose premises are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work - protecting jobs and enabling businesses to reopen quickly once restrictions are lifted.

The government will support eligible businesses by paying two thirds of each employees’ salary (or 67%), up to a maximum of £2,100 a month.

For more information go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/job-support-scheme-expanded-to-firms-required-to-close-due-to-covid-restrictions

Childminder Public Health Guidance

Public Health England have advised that if a child has been identified as a contact and has been sent home, they would not recommend that a child enters the dwelling (eg childminder’s home) from a separate household. If this were to happen Public Health England would need assurance that the possibility of contact with the affected child and the children entering the dwelling would not happen and that they are in entirely separate areas of the house including toilet facilities.  

There is also a need to ensure decontamination of relevant areas after use.  Public Health England do not envisage this being possible with younger children and only see it being feasible for teenagers.


Updated guidance