Early Years Update - 7.4.21

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Early Years Weekly Attendance Survey – Please action on Wednesdays

Thank you for your continued support in providing Early Years Weekly attendance information.

Please use the link below to submit your data: the information is then collated and submitted to the Department for Education for Cumbria.

Attendance Survey

Revised EYFS

Just a reminder that the new EYFS statutory framework has been published and will be mandatory from the 1st September 2021.

Vodcasts are now available on Foundation Years website. The second vodcast is aimed at Private, Voluntary and Independent settings (PVIs)

The launch of Birth to 5 Matters took place last week and a recording of the event is available here - https://www.birthto5matters.org.uk/ .


Ofsted has confirmed that it will resume graded inspections of some registered early years providers from 4 May. Inspectors will also continue to carry out urgent inspections of early years settings where there are significant concerns about a provider.

All inspection activity will typically be on-site. Before the inspection, providers and inspectors will agree safety measures to ensure the inspection is Covid-19 secure. Inspectors will also take a lateral flow test before arriving at the setting.

Home learning

This week our focus is on the rhyme 'Wind the bobbin up’. Please share with parents to support home learning around the development of speech, language and communication.

Chat Play Share - Wind the bobbin up

For a range of fun activity ideas, please share What Can I Do This Week? Remember that the activities included in the Wednesday Communication will be for the activities beginning the Monday of the following week.

This week the theme is Pipe cleaners

Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday

Update for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) and Pregnant employees

Guidance for staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable or pregnant changed on the 1st April. Please find a summary of these important updates here – Updated shielding guidance 1 April

Public Health support over Easter

Please note that contact details for the Public Health Team during the school Easter holidays can found in the document below.

Cumbria County Council and DfE COVID-19 Support to Education Settings over the Easter Holidays 2021

Expansion of rapid testing

The government has announced an expansion of rapid LFT testing from the 9th April. This means that everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a week. Details are available here  - Rapid testing

Early Years settings should continue to use existing arrangements to access tests unless advised otherwise by DHSC or DfE.

New Long Covid Assessment service established

Patients who have had Covid-19 and have experienced symptoms which have lasted for longer than 12 weeks are now being referred into the North Cumbria Long Covid Assessment service.  

Patients have been able to access a range of support to help them recover from Covid-19 over the last 12 months, and this has continued to develop in order to allow input from more clinical teams as the need to treat the long term effects of the virus has been recognised.

Long Covid usually presents with clusters of symptoms, often overlapping, and may include:

  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Memory, concentration problems and “brain fog”
  • Muscle pains, ongoing muscle weakness and deconditioning
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest heaviness or palpitations
  • Ongoing cough
  • Problems with speech or swallowing
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood changes and psychological problems
  • Persistent loss of smell / taste
  • Dizziness / headaches

The list is not exhaustive and research is ongoing to discover more about the longer-term effects of the illness, as well as potential treatment options.

National guidance defines Long Covid as occurring when a patient has had symptoms for 12 weeks or more following a Covid infection. In line with this, patients won’t be referred into the service or diagnosed as having Long Covid unless they’ve had symptoms for 12 weeks or longer. 

If you're worried about persisting symptoms after having coronavirus, please discuss this with your GP. You won’t be referred into the Long Covid service unless you’ve had symptoms for 12 weeks or more, but your GP will still be able to offer support.

The NHS has also produced an excellent educational website called Your COVID Recovery, which has lots of good advice and self-help tips. You can access it at www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk

Updated guidance

Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications (updated 31st March) - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2/early-years-foundation-stage-coronavirus-disapplications .This guidance has been updated to do the following:

  • provide guidance on the arrangements for the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) assessment in 2021, which will not be mandatory but which providers will be required to use ‘best endeavours’ to complete (sections 2.1, 2.3, 4.2, 6.2)
  • provide guidance on what to do if paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, or by complying with related government advice (section 7.2)

Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak  (updated 26th March)

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 31st March)

Rapid asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in early years settings (published 24th March)

A poster explaining the government roadmap of coronavirus restrictions can be found here - Roadmap poster