Vodcast on EYFS disapplications

To support early years providers who remain open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers during the coronavirus outbreak, the Government has temporarily disapplied and modified certain elements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework. These changes come into force today (24 April).

This will allow providers greater flexibility to respond to changes in workforce availability and potential fluctuations in demand, while still providing care that is high quality and safe.

Foundation Years hosted a video podcast with the Department for Education (DfE) to share the latest information on the disapplications and answer your questions.

You can watch the video and download the slides here.

DfE have published guidance here.

Testing for early years staff

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced that critical workers in England – including staff working in early years settings – will be able to access testing if they are experiencing symptoms such as a high temperature or a new and continuous cough.

Tests can booked online from 24 April.

Published 23 April

A message to you from the Secretary of State

“Please accept my deepest and sincerest thanks for everything you are doing to support the country during this difficult time. You are making an immeasurable difference for those who need you the most.”

The Secretary of State for Education has written to all education providers sharing his gratitude for your work in caring for our most vulnerable children and young people, placing special emphasis on continued efforts to ensure as many of these children and young people are supported to attend where it is in their best interests to do so.

Published 23 April

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