Advice for Professionals
Lateral flow testing in early years settings: what you need to know

Lateral flow testing is being rolled out across PVI nurseries and pre-schools as part of the government’s efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19. This testing is used to identify cases of Covid-19 where no symptoms have been displayed (i.e. asymptomatic testing).

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National lockdown: Stay at Home

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care
Application of coronavirus (COVID-19) support for businesses and government funding for the education, early years and children’s social care sectors.

Tell Ofsted if you have a COVID-19 incident at your childcare business

You must tell Ofsted if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at your nursery, childminder business or other day care. You should also tell us if you have to close your setting as a result.

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Education and childcare settings: National Restrictions

How New National Restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) impact education, childcare and children’s social care settings.

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Coronavirus Outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

This is national guidance that applies to England only – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 outbreak and where local restrictions have been imposed, different guidance and legislation will apply. Please consult the local restrictions page to see if any restrictions are in place in your area.

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Protective Measures for Out-of-School Settings

Latest information for Out-of-School Clubs.

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Local Lockdowns: Guidance for Education and Childcare Settings

What schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders, early years and other educational settings need to do if there's a local lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Early Years Foundation Stage: Coronavirus Disapplications

To support early years providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has temporarily disapplied and modified certain elements of the EYFS statutory framework.

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OFSTED - Coronavirus Rolling Update

Ofsted guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers.

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Social Distancing in the Workplace During Coronavirus

Advice for employers on social distancing during coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Contingency framework: education and childcare settings (excluding universities)

Any restrictions on education would only be as a last resort and may only be initiated following a ministerial decision.
This framework is designed to set out how such restrictions would be implemented as a containment measure for the rare circumstances in which they are required to address transmission within education settings and the community.

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Carrying out Childcare Register inspections

This guidance is for Ofsted inspectors carrying out inspections of providers that are only registered on either or both parts of the Childcare Register.

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Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know

Information on local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.

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Planning Guide for Early Years and Childcare Settings

The government announced a roadmap towards recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and plans for welcoming all children back to early years settings and a phased return of some children to school.

This planning guide is intended to provide information and support for all early years providers in England.

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Actions for Early Years and Childcare Providers During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Home to School Transport Update

Updated information, advice and guidance in relation to the wearing of face coverings on transport.

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Safe Working in Education, Childcare and Children’s Social Care

Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Attendance Recording for Educational Settings

Government guidance for Educational settings in regards to recording attendance.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for the Charity Sector

Government guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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