On Saturday 31 October, the Prime Minister announced a four-week national lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. Early years settings and childminders can remain open and parents can continue to use these settings as normal.

Foundation Years will continue to provide updates via our mailing list, Facebook, Twitter and on the Foundation Years website.

New guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) have today published guidance on how the new national restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 impact early years settings.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with:

COVID-19 resources hub

The Foundation Years COVID-19 resources hub will continue to be updated to include the latest information and guidance on the national lockdown, in addition to hosting a variety of resources to support early years settings during the COVID-19 outbreak.

View the COVID-19 hub