Education Planning Group: Schools Update... 17 June

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In today's update:

DfE note re: Vaccination/Testing letters received by some schools

The DfE has been forwarded various letters about the legality of testing, face coverings and vaccination in education settings. These letters focus on the issue of choice in using and implementing measures within the systems of controls. This note seeks to provide clarification around some of the issues raised in these letters to help schools and colleges respond. 


PCR testing of close contacts of COVID-confirmed cases

Please be advised that PHE has this afternoon updated it’s guidance again in relation to PCR testing close contacts of COVID-19 confirmed cases.

As of today they are now advising that close contacts are NOT asked to get a PCR test during their isolation period, unless they develop symptoms or are specifically advised to do so by public health (PCR testing for all close contacts has been advised over the past few weeks in all areas of the North West due to Delta variant spread).

This change in guidance has come about because cases are increasing and PCR test stock supplies are limited. In addition, Delta variant is now established through community transmission, so there is no longer any benefit to having this additional measure in place specifically for Delta variant cases.

Early Years update for schools

Home learning; What can I do today? What next?

For a range of fun activity ideas, please share What Can I Do This Week? This week's activities all use recycled materials. Remember that the activities contained in this communication are for the week starting next Monday.

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It is hard to believe but we have now sent out a full year of activities for you to use with your families. We have received lots of really positive comments and there have been thousands of views on the Facebook pages. Following feedback we have decided to re-issue the activities from the beginning and send them out over the next year. We are having a short break and this will start again on 14th July ready for the parents to use during the summer holidays. If you are not able to send these out during the summer weeks perhaps you could share the CFIS Facebook link with parents and encourage them to use them?

The activities are also shared through the Health Visitor, Speech and Language Team and Children’s Centre (CFSS 0-19) Facebook pages.

Thank you so much for your commitment to sharing these activities with parents and we hope you will continue to do so.

Latest Early Years Briefing Paper - Physical Development

Early Years briefing paper issue 8 will be sent out this week via the portal. The briefing paper and accompanying short webinar have a focus on Physical Development and the changes to the Early Learning Goals for this area of learning. We hope you find these briefing papers and webinars informative.

Here is the link for all of the briefing papers and webinars- Briefing papers and webinars

Please use the password to access this area of the website.

Online learning opportunities

For some reflections on the use of ICT in the early years, read this blog from Marc Faulder.  A reminder that technology also includes the non-digital - what NAEYC refer to as "Tinkering, making and engineering".

BBC's Tiny Happy People have created PDF guides specially made for midwives, health visitors and Early Years practitioners. These PDF guides tie in to touch points with families and they worked with practitioners on these resources to identify the 4 best films that illustrate key messages.

New research by the Parent-Infant Foundation shows significant gaps in mental health provision for babies and toddlers.

Chat Play Share

This week our focus is on the rhyme 'What do you suppose'.  Please share with parents to support home learning around the development of speech, language and communication.

Chat Play Share - What do you suppose

Developmental trauma - Inroduction to the BUSS model

Please see the flyer below regarding some free training ‘INTRODUCTION TO THE BUSS MODEL- Live Webinar with Cumbria – Professionals.’


This is training around developmental trauma in Early Years, please see flyer for more information.

(Please ignore the cost that is on the flyer as this training is free.)

To book a place please email no later than Tuesday 22 June.