Early Years Update - 22.12.20

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Updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance

Updated CJRS guidance is to come into effect from 1st January.  The new guidance can be found here.  The revised guidance means that providers who have seen a reduction in their free early education entitlements funding (due to lower attendance) can increase their CJRS claim, so long as staff affected were on payroll on or before 30th October, and providers continue to meet the conditions as set out in DfE’s CJRS guidance.  Providers should consult the full guidance on the CJRS scheme before submitting a claim.  

Support our Christmas Covid Safety campaign

The county council and partners are running a campaign on social media to encourage people to have a covid-safe Christmas this year.

You can help spread the message by liking and sharing posts on our social media accounts.



Welfare support over Christmas for people in need


A wide range of organisations in the county are providing welfare support to people in need of help over the Christmas period.

This includes help with getting food, financial matters and mental health.

Our Area Teams have produced quick guides to what is available in each district. Have a look and please share widely to ensure people know help is there if they need it.


Please also remember that support bubbles can include people in the following groups:

  • your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020
  • your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5, or was under that age on 2 December 2020

No one should be completely alone this Christmas – Government guidance on making a support bubble with another household