Early Years Update - 10.8.21

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Public Health Updates

Covid-19 Vaccine Resources

GP surgeries in England are now starting to contact 16 and 17 year olds to offer them their first vaccination, after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended that this goes ahead.

Public Health England continue to provide a library of resources to help promote vaccine uptake. There is also an Employer Toolkit which can be downloaded here - https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccine/resources/employer-toolkit/

Jabs under 18

Additional Q&A

The Department for Education have published additional Q & As to answer questions with regards to the move to Step 4. There are also some questions to help prepare for further planned changes from 16th August – Early Years Additional Q&A August 2021

There is also a separate document on Contact Tracing which is available on the document sharing platform for early years - Contact Tracing From Step 4 Onwards.

Managing COVID-19 cases up to 15th August 2021- Reminder

The Education Infection Prevention and Control team (part of the Public Health team at Cumbria County Council) will continue to support Early Years settings who are operating over the summer.

Attached are 2 flow charts to help early years settings manage suspected and positive cases over the next few weeks before further national changes to the guidance come in on 16th August 2021. The flowcharts talk you through:

  • what to do if you have suspected or positive (PCR confirmed) cases
  • What to do if you are notified of a staff member or child testing positive via a lateral flow device (LFD).

PVI Settings: Managing suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 between 19th July – 15th August 2021

PVI Settings: Lateral Flow Device testing pathway: 19th July – 15th August 2021

If you have any questions about COVID-19, or you are notified of a positive case, please contact the Education IPC team via email: EducationIPC@cumbria.gov.uk and a member of the team will call you back to talk you through next steps.

Smile4Life Update

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Many Early Years settings have worked with the Smile4Life team and also valued their support in helping them to obtain the Healthy Families Cumbria Early Years Pledge. Please see the attached leaflet for more information about why and how your setting can become involved, including the team's new address – Smile4Life Flyer

Launch of ‘Team around the Early Years Setting’ pilot

We are now ready to launch the pilot of the ‘Team around the Early Years Setting’ model, which will take place in both Allerdale and Carlisle. This project aims to strengthen the links between Early Years Providers and other agencies that support children and families, for example, Health Visitors, SALTs and the Child and Family Support service.

If you represent an Early Years setting or Childminder in Allerdale or Carlisle, please look out for a letter with more information which will come to you by email this week from Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP)

Home learning - What shall I do this week?

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

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Current guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 19th July) - Actions for early years and childcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Ofsted Q & As and ‘mythbusters’ on how they will inspect from September 2021 - (updated 22nd July) - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ofsted-eif-inspections-and-the-eyfs/registered-early-years-providers