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. The rationale for this decision can be found here.
This guidance provides information on how the national lockdown restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 impact early years and childcare settings.
It should be read alongside the Actions for early years and childcare providers during the COVID-19 outbreak guidance. Where it touches on the same policy areas, the national restriction guidance supersedes the early years and childcare guidance.
This guidance is for local authorities and all early years providers in England. This includes early years provision in maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools, all providers on the Ofsted early years register, and all providers registered with an early years childminder agency.
The Foundation Years COVID-19 resources hub will continue to be updated to include the latest information and guidance, in addition to hosting a variety of resources to support early years settings during the COVID-19 outbreak.