Childminders in England can now order rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests for home delivery

19th March 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care have updated their guidance in relation to the list of people who are eligible to access regular rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests to now include 'anyone who works in an occupation related to a childcare provider, school, nursery or college, and their household, childcare and support bubbles'. … read more

Early years workers and teachers will not get vaccine priority

26th February 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have announced that vaccine priority based upon jobs would be "more complex" and could slow down the vaccination programme down. … read more

Parents, Childcare & Covid-19 FAQ

23rd February 2021

At we are doing everything we can to help and support parents during the Covid-19 pandemic. … read more

Childcare Providers and Covid-19 FAQ

23rd February 2021

At we are doing everything we can to help and support childcare providers during the Covid-19 pandemic. … read more

Reported coronavirus cases in early years settings continue to rise

22nd February 2021

In the week commencing 1st February 2021, there were 2824 reported notifications of Covid-19 from early years settings in England, the highest ever. … read more

Confusion over early years vaccine priority

16th February 2021

There has been confusion over whether or not childminders and other early years workers might qualify for priority vaccines due to them apparently being classed as working in the 'social care' sector. … read more

DfE releases funding for trainees

12th February 2021

Childminders and group early years settings who meet the criteria detailed in the link below can apply for £1000 funding towards the cost of offering a 6 month to 1 year traineeship to a young person aged 19-24 who already has a level 3 qualification and needs support to find the right job role. … read more

Update from DfE Early Years Stakeholder meeting

10th February 2021

Today, attended a Department for Education Early Years Stakeholder meeting to discuss current early years issues. … read more

Get some help at home with a Home School Helper - a nanny and tutor all rolled into one

27th January 2021

The solution to home-learning and working from home The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that schools in England will not reopen until at least 8th March 2021. … read more

Informing Ofsted about a serious childcare incident

27th January 2021

From 28th January 2021, all Ofsted registered childcare providers - including childminders, nannies, nurseries and other daycare must use Ofsted's online notification form to notify them about significant events. The form is easy to use and more efficient than sending an email. … read more