Early Years Provider Updates | COVID-19 Edition 34

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 from 15/05/2020. We hope you find this informative and if you have any suggestions about content please contact us on earlyyears@slough.gov.uk  

It is important to keep in contact with families during this time, so please share this information across all of your contacts.

What’s New

COVID-19 Family Support Offer

The current Coronavirus epidemic and the lockdown measures that are in place, can present new challenges for children and families however there is still support available. Please find attached at the bottom of this article the COVID-19 Family Support Offer.

Early Years and Childcare COVID-19 Recovery Planning

Whether or not you are thinking about plans to reopen or expand your current offer from 1st June please read the attached ‘Early Years and Childcare COVID-19 Recovery Planning’ documents to help you prepare.  This guidance will support you to consider a number of practical challenges and will help you to navigate the many guidance documents that has been published.

The Early Years and Prevention Service will be making contact with all settings over the next week to discuss what your plans are regarding opening or wider opening of your service? If you are not planning to open in the very near future please let us know so we can update our records, alternatively if you are planning to open please contact the team contact 01753 476554 or email earlyyears@slough.gov.uk to discuss what support we can offer you at this time.

New Government Updates for 14/05/2020 & 15/05/2020

Consented Addresses for Childminders and Domestic Childcare

This report details the names and addresses for childminders and childcare on domestic premises, where the provider has consented for their name and address to be published on the Ofsted inspection report website.  To read the full report please click here.

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.  For further information please click here.

Preparing for The Wider Opening of Schools from 1 June

A planning guide for primary school leaders to help prepare them to open their schools for more pupils during the Coronavirus outbreak can be accessed here.

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 earlyyears@slough.gov.uk 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 earlyyears@slough.gov.uk.


Preparations for National Thank a Teacher Day – Wednesday 20 May

On Wednesday 20 May, we are celebrating teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education settings who are making a difference to their schools and communities during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Department for Education is working in partnership with the Teaching Awards Trust which has produced a set of resources including a Thank a Teacher toolkit containing graphics, images and frames for social media that you’re free to use.

The Thank a Teacher Toolkit is available here.