Early Years Provider Updates | COVID-19 Edition 63

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 attached the newsletter from the Early Years and Prevention Service to keep you informed of various different initiatives and government updates dated 17/07/2020.  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 the information widely.

Early Years and Prevention Service | Training and Continuous Professional Development: Calendar 2020 -2021

Slough Early Years Service is committed to supporting the sector with training and continuous professional development opportunities. We are constantly reviewing our offer and have recently made some changes to the next annual calendar to take into considerations the impact of COVID-19.  We have planned a years worth of networks and training programmes and will continue monitor the offer and consider what changes may be required should the situation change.

You will see that for the autumn term we have scheduled online training and network opportunities (apart from Paediatric First Aid) and we hope to resume face to face meetings from the spring term, COVID dependant.

All of the training that has been scheduled has been based on feedback from the sector but if you are looking for something specific that we haven’t organised please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements, please contact earlyyears@slough.gov.uk  or call 01753 476581.

Department for Education | Early Years Data Collection from 25th June 2020

From 25th June the Department for Education are asking local authority early years teams to submit data from all providers once a week on a Thursday. They require information about children attending early years provision and information about the settings capacity.

This data will be used by the DfE and the local authority to monitor the supply of and demand for early years and childcare.

If your setting is not currently open you are not required to complete the submission, however if your setting is open other days of the week we ask you to complete the data sheet for your busiest day and submit this before 12pm on a Thursday.

Please submit your data sheet to earlyyears@slough.gov.uk before 12pm every Thursday.

Nursery schools and schools with nursery classes: All school with nursery provision are asked to submit their school registers to COVID-19.SchoolAttendance@slough.gov.uk. On Thursdays schools are required to include all nursery children on their submission, highlighting which children are in nursery.

Please note schools are not required to complete the attached data submission sheet and are not required to submit any other data to the early years team. Please continue to send your daily register data to COVID-19.SchoolAttendance@slough.gov.uk.


If your data does not change from week to week, you are not required to submit the same data every Thursday. However if the information you have previously submitted changes please complete a new data submission return and send to earlyyears@slough.gov.uk by 12pm on Thursday.

All childminders open on Thursday 25th June will be required to complete a submission. 

PVI settings and children centres: Please complete the data task every Thursday before 12pm and email the data collection sheet to earlyyears@slough.gov.uk

Please find attached a word version and an Excel version of the data collection form, please note you are only required to complete one form and return it to earlyyears@slough.gov.uk.