Early Years Update 18/08/2021

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In today's update:

Public Health updates

Public Health

As you will be aware from Monday (16 August) the Government has implemented some changes to its self-isolation guidance, which means the national rules regarding self-isolating of a close contact with a person confirmed as Covid-19 positive have changed.

The only people who need to self-isolate now are;

  • The positive case
  • Those 18+ who are a close contact and unvaccinated or single vaccinated

More information about government changes to COVID-19 rules

However, we are aware that this is more complicated than it first seems if you are running an educational setting, especially for Childminding colleagues. Further information will be coming out from our Local Public Health Team, but in the meanwhile please remember that support and advice continues to be available via the Education IPC team via email: EducationIPC@cumbria.gov.uk

The Department for Education has published a new Q&A for childminders following Step 4 changes, clarifying how the rules on self-isolation apply to operating on domestic premises.

This includes guidance on:

  • household members self-isolating
  • reporting positive cases
  • operating outside of your regular setting

The Q&A can be accessed here

New Children's Speech and Language Therapy webpage


Cumbria Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service now have their very own dedicated webpage on Cumbria's SEND Local Offer.

The team work with children aged 0-19 and also offer support to children with eating and drinking difficulties.

Further information about the service and their contact details are available on the new Children's Speech and Language Therapy Services webpage.

Consider fostering and become part of Cumbria's biggest family


Did you know that Cumbria County Council supports 230 foster carers, but with more than 700 children in care, we urgently need to recruit more?

If you, or anyone you know has been considering fostering, the council is holding an online information event on Wednesday 25 August.

The council offers a full package of support, including excellent training, generous allowances, regular support groups, mentors and a dedicated support social worker.

Fostering online information event:

  • Wednesday 25 August  – 2pm to 3pm

Join the fostering event with this link.  There’s no need to pre-register – just join at the start of the session. Our experienced and friendly team will give you all the information, advice and inspiration you need.  You can also chat with our foster carers to hear first-hand what it’s like to foster with us.

Find out more: cumbria.gov.uk/fostering or call 0303 333 1216.

Home learning - What shall I do this week?

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