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Quick guide to key contact information: Official DfE guidance

{slider DfE Planning Guide for Early Years and Childcare Settings (DfE published 24.5.20)}



  • Prepare the premises

  • Prepare to implement practical measures to reduce risk

  • Review staffing for availability

  • Agree a protocol for responding to a suspected case of Coronavirus and ensure the setting is prepared

  • Communicate with staff

  • Identify likely numbers of children returning

  • Plan your setting’s groups to reduce contact between children and staff

  • Identify safeguarding, SEND, child wellbeing and welfare requirements

  • Planning what children should be learning and how to adapt the EYFS

  • Annex A:  Model letters to parents

  • Annex B: Resources to help children learn about Coronavirus and how to keep themselves & others safe

{slider Official government guidance for schools (DfE update 24.5.20)}



  • COVID-19 Infection prevention and control

  • Supporting vulnerable children and young people

  • Guidance on specific subjects - Finance & Administration

  • Initial teacher training (ITT) and NQT

{slider Planning Guide for Primary Schools (Published 14.5.20)}



  • Preparing the site

  • Reviewing  staff for availability

  • Familiarise yourself with maximum safe group size

  • Creating & staffing temporary teaching groups

  • Practical steps to reduce risk 

  • External support SEND and Behaviour

  • Changes to routines for staff & students

  • Communicating with staff

  • Communicating with parents 

  • Managing student and staff mental wellbeing

  • Planning what to teach and how 

  • FAQs

  • Annex A:  Behaviour principles

  • Annex B:  Principles for staff

  • Annex C:  Posters

  • Annex D:  Things to consider acquiring

{slider Coronavirus: Guidance for education settings (DfE update 20.5.20)}



  • Symptoms

  • What you need to know

  • Background

  • What to do if someone develops symptoms of Coronavirus whilst at an educational setting

  • Limited the spread of Coronavirus

  • Cleaning and waste

  • Tools for use in education settings

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  • Effective infection protection and control

  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including face coverings and face masks

  • Shielded and clinically vulnerable children

  • Shielded and clinically vulnerable adults

  • Class or group sizes

  • How to implement protective measures before wider opening on 1 June 2020

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  • Year groups in the first phase of the wider opening

  • What the latest science tells us

  • Approach: First phase of wider opening of education settings from 1.6.20

  • Implementation: Managing risk and rate of transmission

  • Key issues

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  • Key action list

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  • Managing partially open buildings & preparing for wider opening of schools on 1 June 2020

  • Coldwater systems / domestic hot water services / gas safety / fire safety / kitchen equipment / security / ventilation / other key points to consider

{slider Covid-19: Cleaning in non-healthcare settings (Public Health England and DfE update 15.5.20)}



  • What you need to know

  • Background

  • Principles of cleaning after the Covid patient has left the education setting

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  • Effective infection protection control and testing

  • How to work safely in a specific situation, including the use of PPE

  • What care should be taken in schools

  • What care should staff visiting families in their own homes take?

  • What care should be taken with children with complex medical needs?

  • How should you care for children who regularly spit?

  • What care should be taken in Early Years settings?

  • Is PPE required for changing nappies? delivering personal care for a child?

  • How should I care for children with SEND, who do not understand distancing guidelines?

  • How do I dispose of used PPE?

{slider Actions for Early Years providers during Coronavirus (DfE update 15.5.20)}



  • Welcoming children back on 1 June 2020

  • Responsibilities

  • Prioritising children

  • Funding

  • Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Food

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  • Who this is for

  • When do these changes apply

  • Staff qualifications and ratios during Covid-19

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  • Eligibility for this funding

  • How schools can access funding

  • Additional costs covered by the fund

  • Funding allowances

  • Expectations of schools

  • Short-term support with costs