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FREE Download Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak

On 22 February 2021, Dfe updated this guidance as follows.
Dfe have withdrawn education and childcare settings: national lockdown from 5 January
2021 and transferred relevant sections into this guidance.

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This guidance is intended to support early years settings to manage provision during
coronavirus (COVID-19).
Early years registered nurseries, pre-schools and childminders, maintained nursery
schools, nursery classes in schools and other pre-reception provision on school sites
should remain open to allow all children to attend full time or their usual hours.
Up until 8 March 2021, only vulnerable children and children of critical workers can 
attend on-site reception classes. All reception children should return to face-to-face 
education from 8 March 2021.
The ‘system of controls’ measures outlined in this guidance create an environment for
children and staff where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially reduced.
Settings therefore need to continue to implement these controls to the fullest extent
possible.
We continue to work with the early years sector to understand how they can best be
supported to ensure that sufficient safe, appropriate and affordable childcare is available
for those who need it now, and for all families who need it in the longer term.
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