Foundation Years have published answers to the sector’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) on implementing protective measures in early years settings during the coronavirus outbreak. The answers cover:
- Using sandpits and water troughs
- Taking groups of children to outdoor public places
- Testing for under 5s
- The maximum number of children in a bubble in primary schools
Foundation Years also hosted a video podcast with the Department for Education (DfE) to answer your questions and share the latest information that providers can use when planning to reopen.
The FAQs have been checked with the Department for Education and Public Health England.
Education Development Trust (EDT) and Elklan, have developed Family Resources, fun and friendly guides for parents to support their 2-4 year-old’s communication skills.
Lyn Challender, Early Years Professional Development Advisor at EDT, has also published an article on how early years practitioners can support parents to navigate home learning.
Updates to guidance
The updated guidance includes content on:
- responsibilities in light of wider opening (section 2)
- funding (section 3)
- infection prevention and control (section 4)
- attendance, demand for places and attending two settings (section 5)
- the use of community centres and before and after school clubs, and additional materials on supporting home learning (section 6)
- safeguarding and welfare, including child protection, keeping children safe online, considerations for children’s mental health and wellbeing, and provisions for children with SEND (section 7)
- paediatric first aid certificates (section 8.6)
Updated 2 June
The latest version of the apprenticeship programme response to COVID-19 guidance focuses on:
Re-opening education settings
There is new information on which apprentices should be prioritised in the offer of face-to-face training in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement that further education settings can broaden the number of 16-19 learners attending on-site delivery from 15 June.
The guidance covers apprentices returning to work and states that remote training should remain the predominant mode of learning for most apprentices. There is also greater clarity on apprentices returning to undertake EPA within assessment centres.
EPA flexibility for Functional Skills Qualifications (FSQs)
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has put in place new temporary flexibility that enables apprentices to take EPA ahead of receiving their calculated FSQ results later on in the summer.
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