Early Years Update 19/01/2022

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Early Years

In today's update:

Public Health Updates

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Self-isolation can end after five days following two negative LFD tests

From Monday 17th January people with COVID-19 in England can end their self-isolation after five full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6.

The changes to self-isolation in England are as follows:

  • People self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after five full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature, from today.
  • Individuals who are still positive on their lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have had two consecutive negative tests taken on separate days
  • This will support essential public services and keep supply chains running over the winter

Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.

Following this change, Public Health have updated the COVID-19 outbreak threshold framework and parent & carer letter templates.

New threshold framework (including for early years)

The new threshold document and the letter templates can be accessed via the County Council web pages here

Frequently Asked Questions

A set of Frequently Asked Questions have been produced relating to the changes to the national guidance on the 11th January 2022. These can be found below:

Lateral flow test availability

We are aware that some of you have had difficulty accessing LFD tests including when calling 119. Please note that there are some suggestions about how to address this in the FAQs above. The Local Government Association have also raised this with the DfE who have asked for information about Providers affected. If you are experiencing difficulties and would like the LGA to flag this for you please contact flora.wilkie@local.gov.uk with your setting name and URN

New government resource to help keep children safe from sexual abuse

It’s estimated that one in ten children in England and Wales will experience sexual abuse before they turn sixteen. That’s equivalent to three in every classroom.

Most children won’t tell anyone at the time of their abuse. That’s why it’s important for everyone to know how to spot the potential signs of child sexual abuse and where to go for support if concerned. The government’s new Stop Abuse Together website can help you learn to spot the signs, and know when it’s right to reach out for more support.

If you feel something’s not right, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Visit the Stop Abuse Together site

Family Action Information Session for Professionals

Are you a professional that works with children, young people or families and are you based in Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle or Barrow?

Family Action would like to invite you to a short information session on the work that they do and how to refer into their services on Wednesday 26th January 5:00pm – 6:00pm via Microsoft Teams

For more information or to book a place, please contact Katrina on 07816 087116 or Katrina.blenkharn@family-action.org.uk

Asylum seeker accommodation in Barrow

Following a decision by the Home Office a hotel in Barrow is now being used as ‘contingency accommodation’ for asylum seekers. The hotel will accommodate people very recently arrived in the UK before they are moved into longer term ‘dispersal accommodation’ outside of Cumbria. Up to 74 people can be accommodated, with people expected to stay for around 6-8 weeks. There is no expectation that children or families will be accommodated at this time, hence no demand on school places. While Cumbria has for several years welcomed people who have already been granted refugee status as part of Government resettlement programmes, this is the first time asylum seekers have been placed in the county.

Local schools have been briefed on these arrangements and an FAQ list published on the county council website.

The news has prompted quite extensive local media coverage and also questions and comments from pupils and the wider community. A range of useful teaching resources are available from the UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency) to help schools explain more about how the refugee and asylum seeker system works and the experiences people may have had. 

EYSEND Partnership training

The EYSEND Partnership have a number of specialist seminars coming up in the next few weeks. Please see their events Calendar for details of all events taking place and keep an eye on this calendar as new dates will be added. For any queries about any aspect of the EYSEND Partnership please check the website or email - EYSend@ncb.org.uk

The Importance of High Quality Interactions

The Education Endowment Foundation have published an article on the importance of high quality interactions for young children in the wake of a pandemic entitled ‘What happens early can matter for a lifetime’.

Updated guidance

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19      

Last updated 6 January 2022

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

Last updated 6 January 2022

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread   

Last updated 18 January 2022

Home Learning

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

Chat Play Share -  'The North Wind Doth Blow’

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Early Years SENCO Networks

Reminder-you should now have received a letter inviting you to attend an Early Years SENCO Network via Teams on either Tuesday 1 February or Thursday 3 February 2022 (Spring Network) and either Tuesday 21 June or Thursday 23 June 2022 (Summer Network). Please book your place now.  

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