Summary of DFE Coronavirus Guidance for the Early Years Sector

Cross-cutting Guidance

Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

Sets out re-opening plans from 1 June across the education and childcare sector.

  • Includes who can attend and principles that apply during first phase of re-opening
  • Provides an outline of what the latest science tells us
  • Outlines key issues that need to be considered when managing the risk and rate of transmission including group sizes, staff availability and attendance

Coronavirus: implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

  • Overview of effective infection protection and control including ‘hierarchy of controls’
  • Outline of the use of PPE in education settings i.e. only needed in a small number of specific cases
  • Position on shielding for different groups, including clinically vulnerable children and young people
  • Position on class or group sizes for different types of education settings as well as a steer on prioritisation of groups
  • Information on how to implement protective measures prior to wider opening from 1 June – including planning and communicating plans as well as steps to take once open
  • Additional Q&As including on testing, contact tracing and temperature checking

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

  • More detailed information on ‘hierarchy of controls’ that should be employed to reduce the risk of transmission or infection e.g. respiratory hygiene
  • Information on testing
  • More detailed information on PPE including what type of PPE is required for different circumstances e.g. in residential settings, foster care, transporting children etc.
  • Section on what care should be taken in early years settings and whether PPE is required for tasks involving changing nappies or general care for babies
  • Lines on how to care for young children or children with SEN who do not understand the concept of social distancing
  • Information on disposing of PPE and face coverings