Under 5s will be able to get a coronavirus test from 1st June say DfE

25th May 2020

The Department for Education has confirmed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's intention to open schools and early years settings more widely from 1st June.   … read more

New early years guidance published by the DfE

24th May 2020

The DfE have just announced the publication of their long-awaited ‘Planning guide for early years and childcare settings’. It has been reviewed by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England and the DfE state that it ‘is informed by the latest scientific advice on minimising transmission risks within settings.’ … read more

How will early years manage coronavirus symptoms without access to tests for under 5s?

23rd May 2020

A question from a member of the public in the government's Daily Briefing today asked about Coronavirus testing for under 5 year olds. This is linked to the current DfE guidance that, if a child has symptoms of coronavirus, they should go home and self-isolate for 7 days (and their family for 14 days) and parents should be encouraged to get them tested. … read more

Schools and nurseries ban childminders from their premises

23rd May 2020

We all recognise the importance to keeping children in small, safe ‘bubbles’, to ensure, as much as reasonably practicable, their safety and the safety of those around them. … read more

81.3% of parents will NOT send their children back to school if they reopen in June

16th May 2020

There are still hundreds of tragic deaths from Coronavirus in England every day but the government have stepped up plans to kick-start the economy and get the country back up and running. … read more

Childminders CAN now reopen on 13th May to provide childcare to the children of one household

12th May 2020

After yesterday's u-turns, contradictions and all-round confusion, the Department for Education have, at the last minute, announced that childminders in England can reopen on Wednesday 13th May to provide childcare to the children of one household. … read more

Government says childminders should be prepared to reopen from 1st June

12th May 2020

Yesterday, the the government released a document titled OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy. … read more

Government releases its COVID-19 recovery strategy but childminders are left more confused than before

11th May 2020

The government has published OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy but childminders and parents are left more confused than ever. In the document, childminders are mentioned just once on page 26.   … read more

79% of parents will download the NHS Covid-19 app but 15% have concerns that the app could be used by the government for other purposes unrelated to Covid-19

11th May 2020

The NHS are trialling a new contact tracing app in the Isle of Wight that is designed to help stop the spread of Covid-19. … read more

Prime Minister Boris Johnson fails to even mention the early years sector during his speech to the nation as more and more childminders and nurseries continue to shut their doors forever

11th May 2020

The early years sector are once again in limbo after Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to even mention them during another landmark speech to the nation yesterday evening. … read more