Updates to guidance

Guidance on social distancing in childcare settings

This Department for Education and Public Health England guidance seeks to support staff working in schools, and other education and childcare settings, to deliver provision in the safest way possible, focusing on measures they can put in place to help limit risk of the virus spreading within education and childcare settings.

The updates include information on personal protective equipment in early years and childcare settings.

Updated 7 April

Guidance for children’s social care services

Advice about coronavirus for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children has been published.

This guidance should be used to support local authorities in determining how best to support families and protect vulnerable children in this context. It is underpinned by a set of principles which should inform local decision-making and day to day practice with children and families. It also recognises the approach that many local authorities are already taking.

Published 3 April

Apprenticeship guidance

The apprenticeship programme response to COVID-19 has been updated to include:

  • New information on continuing training and end point assessment for furloughed apprentices.
  • New information on pausing new funding audits.
  • FAQs (Numbers 3, 8, 11, 15-18, 20, 22-24, 37-38 have been added or updated)

A video has also been published, showing employers how to use pause & stop in the apprenticeship service to record a break in learning.

This video takes employers through the new measures relating to breaks in learning detailed in the apprenticeship guidance. It also describes why they might want to pause or stop an apprentice record in the apprenticeship service, and how to do it.

The video also explains the steps that training providers have to take to record apprentice “breaks in learning” through the Individualised Learner Record.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has also published an online FAQs.

Updated 6 April