*Additional* Early Years Update - 13.11.2020

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In today's update:

dan barton

Dear Colleagues,

Despite the national lockdown this week has seen the highest level of demand yet placed on our education Outbreak Control Team responding to contact from schools and early years settings.

As such, you may find that if your enquiry is not urgent you may have to wait longer for a response. Please be assured that we will get back to you, but we must prioritise situations where there is an immediate risk to the operation of the school.

There has been updated Public Health guidance issued this week and I would ask that educational settings ensure they are familiar with it.

The Outbreak Control team have been working incredibly hard since the start of term and we would hope that as the impact of the lockdown begins to be felt, that the demand on them will reduce.

In the meantime, thank you for your patience and your continued work to ensure Cumbrian children receive the education they deserve, despite the pandemic.


Dan Barton

Assistant Director - Education and Skills

Risk Assessment – updated

The risk assessment for PVI settings has been updated by the Early Years Team and Public Health and we hope that you will continue to find this comprehensive tool helpful.

Early Years Checklist and Risk Assessment


Informing Ofsted re confirmed case of COVID-19

Ofsted has published guidance informing all early years provision to contact them if there has been a confirmed case of Covid in their setting. They have also said that settings should contact them if they have had to close due to this.