On Saturday 31 October, the Prime Minister announced a four-week national lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December.

In his statement the Prime Minister announced that childcare and early years settings will be kept open to all children.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended for the full duration of the national lockdown with furloughed staff to be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month.

During the lockdown period, where early years settings are unable to deliver early years foundation stage (EYFS) requirements in full due to national lockdown restrictions, settings can disapply some of the requirements of the EYFS statutory framework as per the Department for Education’s (DfE) guidance.

DfE will provide further information over the coming days. If you have any questions, please submit these to foundationyears@ncb.org.uk and we will pass them on to DfE.

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