From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, national lockdown restrictions are in place in England. 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 listFacebook, Twitter and on the Foundation Years website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This document answers the FAQs from the early years sector on the national lockdown. These answers have been checked with the Department for Education (DfE) and cover:

  • Attending more than one setting
  • Outdoor learning
  • Visits to early years settings
  • EYFS disapplications and Paediatric First Aid
  • Safety measures in settings
  • Funding and financial support
  • + more

If you have any further questions, please submit these to

Read the FAQs

New guidance

DfE published guidance on 4 November 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