On 28 May, the Prime Minister announced that the Government’s five tests for easing the lockdown in England have been met, enabling all children to be welcomed back to early years settings and a phased return of some children to school, from Monday 1 June.

Latest guidance and resources

Early years planning guide

To support providers in their planning to open more widely, government has published a guide for early years and childcare settings that sets out protective measures that providers will wish to consider putting in place to limit the transmission of coronavirus in their setting.

The planning guide has been developed in consultation with a number of early years sector bodies, providers from a variety of different size and type of setting, local authorities and unions.

Published 24 May

Vodcast on preparing for wider opening of early years settings

Foundation Years hosted a video podcast with the Department for Education (DfE) to share the latest information that providers can use when planning to reopen and answer your questions.

You can download the slides here.

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

This guidance sets out the overarching aims and principles of preparing for wider opening of early years settings from 1 June.

Updated 12 May

Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

This guidance seeks to support education settings to re-open in the safest way possible, focusing on measures that can be put in place to help limit risk of the virus spreading within settings.

Updated 12 May

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