This article has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council's Service Lead for Early Years and Prevention, Michael Jarrett, for the attention of the Early Years Sector.
Please find below communications from the Early Years and Prevention Service to keep you informed of various different initiatives and government updates for 22/04/2020. We hope you find this informative and if you have any suggestions about content please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to keep in contact with families during this time, so please share this information across all of your contacts.
Please note that with the new announcement regarding the Job Retention Scheme you will be required to re-examine your initial decisions around furloughing. You will need to identify the extent to which EY funding pays for your staff team, and which elements are covered by additional, non-government funding. This will drive new decisions around who could or should be furloughed. With this in mind please consider your communications with parents.
New Government Updates for 21/04/2020 & 22/04/2020
Actions for Early Years and Childcare Providers during the Coronavirus Outbreak
This guidance covers providers registered with Ofsted and childminders registered with childminder agencies for children of all ages, including nurseries and wraparound childcare and clubs (before and after school and holiday care). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Keeping in Touch and Targeted Support for Early Years Settings
During this unfamiliar time the team would like you to know that we are here to offer you support, in whatever way you may need it? We are on the other end of the phone or email and will continue to provide you with daily email updates. Even if you are currently closed the team can offer a range of support from discussing government guidance documents to reviewing local area initiatives.
We understand that this is a difficult period for everyone and in these uncertain times it can often help to share concerns, questions and queries with others, so please do keep in contact and pick up the phone anytime for a catch up.
You can email and call individual members of the team or for general enquiries contact email@example.com or call 01753 476554.
If your setting is currently still open and are considering closure please discuss with the Early Years Service and for further information, advice or guidance please contact the team on 01753 476554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DfE Data Collection
The DfE have now requested that the Local Authority submits to them the total number of early years children (0 -4 year olds, excluding 4 year olds in reception) being cared for, every Monday and Thursday. Please can all providers (who are open) continue to submit registers every Friday but in addition to this please email email@example.com before 12pm on Monday’s and Thursday’s with the following information:
|Total Number of 0-4 Year Olds in Attendance||Number of Children Who’s Parents are Critical Workers||Number of Vulnerable Children|
Domestic Abuse | Slough Safeguarding Partnership
Challenging times may result in the need to access specialist support, don’t be alone, attached are some resources that might be able to help. You can also visit the Slough Safeguarding Partnership here to learn more.
Alternatively if you can also access the Slough Safeguarding Partnership newsletter by clicking here.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
If providers have any children or young people displaying any Mental Health and or well-being concerns, then please contact the East Berkshire Getting Help Service at CAMHSGettingHelpEast@berkshire.nhs.uk.