Early Years Update - 25.8.21

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Data collection - update

As you will be aware, data collection on attendance at early years settings which was started during the pandemic has ceased over the summer. The DfE have been considering what to do in the future and have concluded that there is still a need for data collection in the Autumn Term whilst various factors continue to have a potential impact on the sector - the vaccination programme, the spread of the virus and its impact on workforce availability, potential for new variants and the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The DfE are aware that data collection is time consuming for Providers and plan to reduce the frequency to monthly. As present the following monthly data collection dates are set for the Autumn:

w/c 13th September

w/c 11th October

1 x date in November, and 1x date in December to be advised.

Thank you very much for your support with this requirement.

Public Health updates

From Monday 16 August unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Following this change, the DfE have updated the frequently asked questions on changes to contact tracing of close contacts and self-isolation. These can all be found on the document sharing platforms for primary and early years (please remember that, despite the name, this includes information for Early Years Providers)

Additional Q&As for childminders have been issued and are available here

New cases in your setting

From 25th August, please email EducationIPC@cumbria.gov.uk to notify the Cumbria County Council Public Health team of any positive COVID-19 cases in your setting. Please provide a contact telephone number and the team will call you back to discuss the new national guidance and next steps for your setting. You can also use this email address if you have any queries in relation to COVID-19’.

Revised EYFS

With the 1st September rapidly approaching, we are sure that you will be planning to support your children from the perspective of the revised framework. Please remember that you can access a wide range of support, including recorded webinars, on the early years website -  https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/childrenandfamilies/cfis/earlyyearsandchildcare/supportforearlyyearsandchildcareprovision.asp

The Early Years team are looking forward to working with you as we rediscover how to support young children’s learning as we move into the Autumn Term.

Opportunity to contribute to a national Early Years resource

The University of Cambridge and the Early Intervention Foundation are asking for input from practitioners to create a new resource library for early years professionals, saying that input from practitioners is absolutely key to this resource.

They are looking for practitioners at all levels from both PVI and maintained settings, including childminders, who work or have worked with children between the ages of two and five to join a panel or focus groups to share their experiences and help inform development of the guide.

If interested please contact Anna Jackson, research assistant at the University of Cambridge, by email at EarlyYearsLibrary@educ.cam.ac.uk

Home learning - What can 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 Teddies. Remember that the activities contained in this communication are for the week starting next Monday.

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Updated guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic (updated 17th August)

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 17th August)

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 (updated 17th August)