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15 January - URGENT – Survey re: testing for Early Years and Childcare Staff

Dear Manager, Childminder,

We are working closely with Public Health colleagues to try to assess demand across the Early Years and Childcare sector for testing for frontline staff who are asymptomatic . Please can you respond as soon as possible. The closing date on the survey is 19th January. I realise this is short time frame but it is imperative that we are able to establish demand/capacity. Please ensure that you read the brief attachment provided to enable you to respond. Please NOTE – that this is only available to those settings who are open and currently caring for children.

 

https://trafford.citizenspace.com/children/760b9086

 

Kind regards,

 

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service Manager



11 January - Communication 

Dear Manager/Childminder,

Please find below the latest guidance for Out Of Schools Clubs’s and information for parents of children attending Early Years Settings and OOSC’s:

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Change made:
Updated information on who should attend out-of-school settings in line with new national lockdown restrictions, group sizes with information on staff:bubble ratios, educational visits and trips in line with new national lockdown restrictions, staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable to reflect that shielding has been introduced nationally, and music, dance and drama provision to reflect that live performances should not take place.

Time updated:
1:41pm, 8 January 2021

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

 

Many thanks

Lynda Kilduff | EYFS Consultant


8 January - Communication

Dear Childminder, Manager,

 

Government Guidance has now been released and ‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ has been updated as of 7th January 2021 early years and childcare

The NCB have developed some FAQ’s that are helpful in answering some of the key questions. Please find them attached.

Please be assured we are meeting this morning with other early Education Leads across Greater Manchester to discuss this guidance and consider any implications for Trafford and Greater Manchester.

Best Wishes,

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years  Service Manager


7 January - Communication 

Dear Childminder, Manager,

As you are aware we have always been mindful  to keep communication to a minimum due to the large amount of guidance that has been released over the months. However, we are aware that many of you and your staff will want to be kept abreast of any developments. For this reason I will endeavour to provide a daily update with any information pertinent to the current lockdown situation.

FAQ’s DfE

The DfE have released some FAQ’s which includes a paragraph on rationale for keeping early years settings open and information on critical workers. This can be accessed via  this link .

PACEY Update 

PACEY have stated that a number of education organisations will be attending a SAGE briefing to learn more about the scientific evidence.  

Funding queries

We understand that a small number of group settings and childminders are receiving a number of queries from parents particularly where there is a shared care arrangement whereby a child does 15 hours in a PVI setting and 15 hours in a school – about moving all their hours to the PVI. Just to reiterate that there is no option for any temporary moves linked to early entitlement funding.  We have posed a number of issues and questions to the DfE that we expect to be clarified in the guidance as and when it arrives.

Attendance data

We have just had information through that the DfE attendance data collection is to move to a weekly collection. We will be in contact with you shortly with more detail about our Demand Assessment data collation process. Clearly we need to ensure that we monitor attendance to get a sense of parent carer confidence and demand. As you are aware Trafford have had high attendance during the summer and Autumn months. I would be grateful if you can prioritise any data requests as it enables us to monitor the sector not only to report back to DfE but also for us to monitor sustainability and sufficiency on your behalf.

Staff Well-being

We are very conscious of the well-being of the sector at this time. Many of you are managing businesses, juggling family commitments, trying to support staff during a difficult time. As a service we are acutely aware of these pressures, are raising issues and concerns with senior leader within the council and advocating at a Greater Manchester level which feeds in to conversations with the DfE.

Thank you for your patience and on-going commitment at this challenging time.

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service Manager


7 January - Trafford's Talking Together Toddler Communication Group 

Dear provider, 

Trafford Early Years in partnership with Trafford Early Help Hub are excited to offer a new targeted language and communication group to young children and their parent(s)/carer(s).  

Trafford’s Talking Together is a 5-week language and communication group for children who require some support to develop their talking skills. These children will have achieved an amber or red score on their WellComm screen.  

The group will run virtually over Microsoft Teams and will be led by Lindsey Chinnery and Clare Smith (Early Help Hub practitioners) on Wednesday afternoons 1 - 1:45pm on the following dates: 

Week 1 – Wednesday 27th January 

Week 2 – Wednesday 3rd February 

Week 3 – Wednesday 10th February 

Week 4 – Wednesday 17th February 

Week 5 – Wednesday 24th February 

 

If you know of a family that you feel would benefit from accessing this group then please complete the referral form in the documents section of this page and send to marie.ferreira2@nhs.net.  Places are limited to 6 children per group and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch via email or phone Marie on 07866223002 if you require more information.   

Kind regards,

Marie

Marie Ferreira | Specialist Speech and Language Therapist 

Trafford Early Years Service

2nd Floor |Waterside House | Sale | M33 7ZF

Mobile: 07866 223002

Email:   marie.ferreira2@nhs.net

Working days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.


6 January - National lockdown

Dear Manager / Childminder,

 

DfE Guidance

Just to confirm that we are still waiting for the DfE Guidance to come through. It was expected yesterday afternoon so we can only assume that it will be issued shortly.

 

Funding

We are having a number of queries to the Early Education Team regarding the transfer of funding. Please note that we are unable to advise or implement any changes to processes without Government guidance. The expectation is that all early years settings remain open for all children. We will endeavour to send you updated guidance as and when it arrives. We will also be compiling some FAQ’s for you.

 

Critical Worker Status

The Critical Worker list has been updated. This will be of particular importance to those providing wrap around care. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision?utm_source=4%20January%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

PACEY Article – Rationale for early years settings remaining open

Please see the article written by PACEY regarding the rationale for early years remaining open.

https://www.pacey.org.uk/news-and-views/news/news-department-for-education-sets-out-rationale/

 

Recent Guidance

Please see recent guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

This also covers the expectation for education settings including early years.

 

National lockdown to come into force on Wednesday 6 January

The Prime Minister has today announced that a new national lockdown will come into force at 00:01 on Wednesday 6 January.

During the period of national lockdown, schools, alternative provision, special schools, and colleges will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only. Public vocational exams and assessments scheduled to take place in January will go ahead as planned. All other children and students will learn remotely until February half term.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.

All early years providers (including registered childminders but not including reception years in primary schools) can remain open during this period of national lockdown.

In these circumstances, we do not think it is possible for exams to go ahead fairly this summer. The Secretary of State for Education will be asking Ofqual to consult rapidly on an approach for alternative arrangements that will allow students to progress fairly.

We understand that schools and colleges may wish to open tomorrow (Tuesday 5 January) to allow for the distribution of remote education resources, and that is permitted within these rules, though not required.

We know that receiving face-to-face education is best for children’s mental health and for their educational achievement. We will be reviewing the restrictions on schools, colleges and universities and will ensure that children and young people return to face-to-face education as soon as the pressures are easing on the NHS.

This decision does not suggest that schools and colleges are no longer safe places for young people. Instead, limiting attendance is about reducing the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households.

We have resisted closing schools until now, but in the face of the rapidly rising numbers of cases across the country and intense pressure on the NHS, we now need to use every lever at our disposal to reduce all contacts outside households wherever possible.

For vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, who can still attend school or college, as they did in March to May, and their teachers, the system of protective measures means that any risks are well managed and controlled.

We are responding to the intense pressure on the NHS, but that pressure is not driven by children. We are not seeing significant pressure from coronavirus (COVID-19) in paediatrics across the UK. The new variant appears to affect all ages but we have not seen any changes in the severity among any age groups, including children and young people.

The overwhelming majority of children and young people have no symptoms or very mild illness only. As cases in the community rise there will be a small increase in the number of children we see with coronavirus (COVID-19) who only rarely require admission to hospital.

Vulnerable children and children of critical workers who can attend school and college

During the period of national lockdown, schools and colleges should only allow vulnerable children and the children of critical workers to attend. Children with at least one parent or carer who is listed as a critical worker are eligible for a school place. It is not necessary for both parents to be critical workers.

Schools and colleges should speak to parents and carers to identify who requires a school place. If it proves necessary, you can ask for simple evidence that the parent in question is a critical worker, such as their work ID badge or pay slip.

The critical worker list has been updated to include new workforces whose work is critical following the end of the EU transition period. It is important these people are also identified as critical workers and their children can attend the education setting. This change will see a small increase in the overall number of critical workers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing

The coronavirus (COVID-19) testing programme should be continued to enable weekly testing for staff and daily close contact testing for those staff and pupils attending secondary schools and colleges. This programme also allows schools and colleges to test pupils on return.

Attendance recording in schools

As vulnerable children are still expected to attend school full time, they should not be marked as Code X if they are not in school (except if they are shielding, self-isolating or quarantining). Schools and colleges should encourage vulnerable children to attend but if the parent of a vulnerable child wishes their child to be absent from school, the parent should let the school know that the pupil will not be attending. The Department for Education expects schools and colleges to grant such applications for leave given the exceptional circumstances. This should be recorded as code C (leave of absence authorised by the school) unless another authorised absence code is more applicable.

As with vulnerable children, critical worker parents and carers should let schools know if their child will not be attending and, if not, schools should grant a leave of absence (code C) given the exceptional circumstances.

All pupils who are not expected to be in school should be marked as Code X. They are not attending because they are following public health advice.

Free school meal provision

During the period of national lockdown, schools should continue to provide meal options for all pupils who are in school. Meals should be available free of charge to all infant pupils and pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals who are in school.

Schools should also continue to provide free school meals or food parcels for pupils who are eligible for benefits related free school meals who are not attending school.

Guidance on free school meals has been produced by the Lead Association for Catering in Education, Public Health England and the Department for Education. It sets out some general principles for putting together a food parcel which will allow parents and carers to prepare simple and healthy lunches for their children at home across the week.

Food parcels must be distributed in line with guidance on social distancing at all times. During the national lockdown, families can continue collecting parcels where appropriate social distancing measures are in place.

Remote education

When teaching pupils remotely, we expect schools to:

  • set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects
  • set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum:
  • primary: 3 hours a day, on average, across the school cohort
  • secondary: 4 hours a day, with more for pupils working towards formal qualifications this year
  • provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos
  • have systems for checking, at least weekly, whether pupils are engaging with their work, and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern
  • gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum using questions and other suitable tasks, and provide feedback, at least weekly, using digitally facilitated or whole-class feedback where appropriate
  • enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding

Our get help with remote education portal provides information, guidance and support on educating pupils and students during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Additional information includes:

Many thanks

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Manager


5 January 2021 - Coronavirus Update 

Dear Manager, Childminders,

Firstly, I hope you were able to have a break over the holidays.

Following the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday you will be aware that it was the Government’s approach that early years settings remain open to all children whilst schools remain open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. This means that there is an expectation that all early years settings remain open.  

I understand that this creates a very complex landscape for you as early years providers and that this may raise more questions than answers.

I would like to reassure you that as an Early Years Service we are currently working very closely with a range of senior colleagues across the local authority, including Public Health and also Greater Manchester to establish what this means in practice and  how we can best support you. We have already posed a number of questions to the Department for Education to seek clarification on a number of issues.

As you know our position has been to support you and our children being in early years settings in order to support their education, wellbeing and development. At present the general guidance to early years settings has not changed despite the recent changes in infection rates and the impact of the new variant.

The DfE have advised us that further guidance will be being released this afternoon. We will share this with you as soon as this comes through.

As you will be aware rates of infection for Covid are increasing across GM. The holiday closure has reduced the rate of increase of spread among children, but not those of working age. From data locally it does not appear that children being in school or early years settings has been the main driver of infection.  This has mainly been due to transmission in the community. We know that you have worked hard to provide a safe environment, and evidence of transmission within settings remains low.

The government has updated its guidance for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable staff and children as provided here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19.

In line with this and given the overall rates in Trafford, we recommend that Clinically Extremely Vulnerable staff should not be in the workplace.

We recommend that all settings :

  • Revisit your risk assessments once again, reinforcing the Covid security measures, paying particular attention to ventilation, as well as social distancing and hand hygiene.
  • Determine your setting staffing numbers to ensure safe ratios are in place
  • Communicate with the Early years Quality Team immediately at earlyyearsquality@trafford.gov.uk if you have concerns about business continuity
  • Provide reassurance to parent carers especially those children known to be vulnerable who have a Social Worker or have escalating vulnerabilities within the home. 

We will continue to update you over the coming hours and days to ensure that you have the most accurate and up to date information to hand. I understand this will be crucial in alleviating concerns and anxiety across the sector.

Yours sincerely,

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service Manager


4 January 2021 - latest guidance for out of school providers

Dear Manager,

I hope you have all managed to enjoy a well-deserved break. Wishing you a happier and healthier new year. Please find some supporting information from the latest guidance for out of school provision, further details for support and information on the grant scheme and an invitation to a sector support meeting.

Latest Guidance (updated 30 December 2020)

The guidance has been updated with the following information:

Out-of-school activities and wraparound childcare

Subject to any local tiers of restriction, out-of-school settings and wraparound childcare should continue to operate for face-to-face provision between 4 and 18 January 2021 for children who are eligible to attend school for full-time on-site provision. This includes children who are:

  • in early years settings
  • in primary school (however, if the primary school is one of the small number that has been asked to restrict access to children of critical workers and vulnerable children at the start of this term, then only those cohorts should attend out-of-school settings and wraparound childcare)
  • in the secondary school-age cohorts eligible for full-time on-site provision - vulnerable children, and children of critical workers
  • in exam year groups (primarily pupils in year 11 and 13) (from week commencing 11 January)

Children who are home educated can also continue to attend wraparound childcare and out-of-school settings.

Pupils who are not eligible for on-site education provision in January 2021 should not attend:

  • out-of-school settings (such as extracurricular clubs or supplementary schools)
  • wraparound childcare (before and after-school clubs)

Providers of out-of-school activities that continue to operate for face-to-face provision during this period should ensure that they make parents aware that their setting should only be accessed if their child is in one of the eligible groups outlined.

Grant Scheme

Trafford Council is now inviting applications to the Trafford Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant scheme (ARG). Applications are invited from businesses based in Trafford that do not pay business rates and are not eligible for any of the Local Restrictions Support Grants (open or closed). Wraparound provision may be eligible for this grant as they could be included under the category for leisure rather than education.

Businesses that have been open or closed during this pandemic and affected by the local restrictions may be entitled to claim for a Local Restriction Grant however, it is expected that this would be limited and not applicable to most education settings.

If you would like further support and information on these grants, please email Debbie or David at debbie.zelenyj@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 2252 or david.wright@trafford.gov.uk.

More information on the criteria for these grants can be found here.

This funding is limited and will depend on the number of applications submitted. Please be advised to apply and submit your application as soon as possible.

Sector Support Meeting

We would like to invite you to attend a sector support meeting, via Teams, that will be specific to the needs of all wraparound provision on:

Monday 25 January between 6.30pm – 8pm

This meeting will provide information that may support you with the challenges and concerns you are experiencing operationally during this pandemic and will be hosted by Lynda Kilduff (Early Years Consultant) and Kay Heaford (Senior Workforce Officer) with the support of Trafford’s Childcare Advisors, Jo Rust and Bev Reid.

Some of the talking points will include:

  • The latest Covid secure guidelines and Public Health information

(Please note that there is also a Public Health webinar on Thursday 21 January 18:30 – 19:30, details to follow)

  • Application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
  • Recruitment and retention of your staff team
  • Marketing your business and supporting children and families
  • Ofsted Inspections and working with early years children within your settings
  • Working with partners in schools and settings

To book your place please email : earlyyearscpd@trafford.gov.uk

A Teams invite and instructions on how to join will follow shortly after.

Many thanks,

Kay Heaford

Senior Early Years Workforce Officer

Trafford Early Years


23 December 2020 - Christmas update for childcare and early years settings

Dear Manager/Childminder,

 

As we draw even closer to Christmas I hope you are well and looking forward to a break. I have attached a few documents that may be useful to you during your closure and included the latest updated guidance from the government below with the key changes drawn out for you.

The DfE have updated the guidance Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on Tuesday 22 December 2020.

The guidance has been updated with the following information: 

 

Tier 4 restrictions

·         Staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable should not go to the workplace if they live or work in a tier 4 area. The rules for tiers 1-3 remain unchanged.

·         All children deemed clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend settings in tier 4.

·         Clinically vulnerable staff can continue to attend settings.

·         Children with household members or carers that are clinically extremely vulnerable can also continue to attend settings.

System of controls

·         The 10 day isolation period has been clarified as at least 10 full days from when symptoms begin, or from the date of a positive test, regardless of which type of test.

·         Guidance on what to do if anyone at the setting becomes unwell with coronavirus symptoms has been updated to add that: “if any of the individual’s household members are also present at the setting they will need to be sent home at the same time. Other members of their household (including any siblings) should also self-isolate".

·         To remind staff that if they develop symptoms after coming into contact with someone that has symptoms should get a test whether or not the person they were in contact with tests positive.

·         To clarify that household members, as well as staff and children should not enter a setting if displaying any coronavirus symptoms.

 

The definition of close contact

This has been clarified as:

·         anyone who lives in the same household as someone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

·         face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation

·         within 1 metre skin-to-skin physical contact for any length of time

·         been within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face-to-face contact

·         been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact or added up together over 1 day)

·         travelled in the same vehicle or a plane

 

Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice

Advice for when to contact the local health protection team has been updated from more than 2 positive cases in 14 days to any of the following reasons:

·         the number of cases exceeds 2 within 14 days

·         you have taken the action outlined but are still seeing more cases

·         you are getting significant interest from local media

·         a child or staff member in your setting has been admitted to hospital

·         you are thinking you might need to close because of the number of people affected

 

Business Support

·         The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended to the end of April 2021.

·         More information on when to charge parents and carers.

 

Hope you all have a relaxing Christmas break.

 

Many thanks

 

Lynda Kilduff

EYFS Consultant

Early Years Service


22 December 2020 - Season’s Greetings from Trafford Early Years Service

We want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone for all their hard work and commitment in supporting children and their families in Trafford. We are lucky to have such amazing managers and practitioners.  

We hope you have a well-deserved rest and look forward to working with you next year.

From everyone at Trafford Early Years Service

”Christmas

15 December 2020 - GM Contact Tracing Guidance

As referenced in the update posted yesterday (14/12/20) please find below the latest GM Contact Tracing Guidance with new template letters included and a separate parents/carers guide reflecting the change to the isolation periods to 10 days.

GM Contact tracing in 0-19 education and childcare settings

GM Covid Advice for Parents

Lynda Kilduff

EYFS Consultant

14 December 2020 - Important Public Health update to all settings

Dear Childminder, Manager,

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ

  • Changes to isolation period from 14 days to 10 days
  • Public Health Information covering the Christmas period
  • Additional Discretionary Grant
  • Ofsted Update
  • New Guidance
  • CMA – advice for settings regarding fair charging

Changes to isolation period from 14 days to 10 days

As you may have seen the government and the Chief Medical Officer have announced that the isolation date for contacts of cases can reduce from 14 to 10 days commencing Monday 14th December.  The change to the isolation period for contacts will apply to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before Monday. This may mean that some children/staff who are currently isolating will be able to return to their education setting sooner. Please do note that self-isolation periods will begin on the day after exposure, a test or the start of symptoms. 

For example, someone whose symptoms started on 1st December would be able to leave self isolation on 12th December (previously the release date would have been 15th December).

If you require any advice or wish to discuss any specific timelines please do not hesitate to contact us at Covidtrace@trafford.gov.uk

The complete statement can be found at this link

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-chief-medical-officers-statement-on-the-self-isolation-period-11-december-2020

Government guidance has been amended to reflect these changes – found below:

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Change made
Action list: updated self-isolation information to 10 days from the day after contact with the individual tested positive (from 14 days).

Time updated
12:15am, 14 December 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Change made
Updated the self-isolation period from 14 to 10 days from the day after contact with an individual who tested positive – in the ‘self-isolation’ and ‘actions that nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges will take’ sections.

Time updated
12:15am, 14 December 2020

Making a childcare bubble with another household

Change made
Updated guidance to reflect that the 14-day isolation period is now 10 days.

Time updated
12:15am, 14 December 2020

Please note new GM Guidance with new template letters attached will be sent out tomorrow (Tuesday 15th December 2020)  for you to use reflecting the change to the isolation period.

Public Health procedures covering the Christmas Period

Trafford Public Health colleagues have advised that all early years and childcare settings must be available to contact trace up to 6 days AFTER they close for Christmas for those children attending the setting. For example if:

  • the setting is term time and closes 18th December they must be available to contact trace up to and including 24th December.
  • the setting closes on 24th December on Christmas Eve they must be available to contact trace up to and including Wednesday 30th December.

Please follow the 6 day rule depending on your closing time and which children are attending on that day.

Please can all managers/childminders please ensure that you have the following in place:

  1. Clear up to date records of all children/staff attending the setting in which rooms/bubble so that you are able to contact parents quickly in the event that you receive notification of a positive Covid case. Please be mindful of GDPR and information governance .
  2. Please ensure that parents are able to contact you over the Christmas period including Christmas Day and Boxing Day to notify you of a suspected or positive case. You may choose to do this by checking your settings email address once a day at a set time e.g. 11am or you may choose to give parents a mobile number.
  3. Whichever approach you take, it is imperative that all parents know that they MUST contact you if they are taking their child to be tested or if their child receives a positive test so that you can start the contact tracing process.
  4. In the event of a positive case, please contact the usual email at Covidtrace@trafford.gov.uk The usual processes apply until 24th December, however from 25th December – 3rd January, Public Health colleagues will be checking the email inbox twice a day at 11am and 2pm and will respond to early years and childcare settings accordingly. In the event of a potential outbreak or urgent support please contact the Out of Hours Public Health Consultant support : 0161 912 1111.

 

  1. Please remember to notify Ofsted of any positive cases and ensure that your risk assessments are live up to date documents reflecting any changing bubbles or operational procedures over the Christmas holiday period.

Please remind staff and parents of children in your care the following guidance. You may want to send this on your social media pages or a newsletter:

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in
  • if you form a Christmas bubble, you should not meet socially with friends and family that you do not live with in your home or garden unless they are part of your Christmas bubble
  • In the two weeks that follow your last meeting with your Christmas bubble, you should reduce your contact with people you do not live with as much as possible.

 

Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant scheme

Businesses based in Trafford, that do not pay business rates and are not eligible for any of the Local Restrictions Support Grants (open or closed), are invited to apply for a Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, businesses must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

·        Were trading on 22 October 2020

·        Have not been eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (open or closed) at any time in 20/21

·        Do not pay business rates

·        Have been badly affected by the restrictions

·        Have business premises and do not work solely from home

·        Have fixed property costs

Please ensure you submit all the required evidence/documentation with your application.

Ofsted /EYFS

Please note that Ofsted have released new information about how providers will be inspected. From January to April Ofsted will be conducting ‘assurance visits’ that will be classified as either met or not met until the full inspection ‘window’ can start in April. Information can be found below:

Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

Change made
Updated ‘Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications’ with a link to OFSTED's  operational notes, which set out in further detail, how providers will be inspected from January 2021. Provided further clarity on the definition of ‘reasonable endeavours’

Updated Guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Update to ‘Side effects of children taking a vaccination or teething’.

Time updated
4:26pm, 8 December 2020

Making a childcare bubble with another household

Change made
Updated with clarification of how childcare bubbles work for those in more than one type of bubble, and simplified guidance on travelling to form a childcare bubble.

Time updated
5:21pm, 8 December 2020

Competitions and Markets Authority Provider charging update

Please see response from DfE regarding charging:

DfE has received a number of enquiries from LAs regarding the Competitions and Markets Authority’s (CMA) advice to the sector on charging earlier in the year within the current circumstances. The CMA published an open letter to the early years sector on the 28 July 2020 followed by detailed advice to the sector, with the purpose of helping providers understand how consumer protection law applies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CMA has also since updated its broader advice on cancellations and refunds for consumer contracts affected by COVID-19 health restrictions  

 The CMA has advised that, while the circumstances in which providers are operating have changed somewhat since the publication of the letter, the CMA's advice within this letter is still applicable. We ask that providers continue to be fair and balanced in dealings with parents, and they must continue to avoid unfair charging practices.

 There will always be individual circumstances in each case, however the general principle is that providers should not charge parents for services that cannot be provided. If there is a barrier to accessing childcare, based on government guidance or the law, the provider should not charge the consumer for this period. For example, from 28 September people in England are required by law to self-isolate if they test positive for coronavirus or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Accordingly, if a child is self-isolating on the advice of NHS Test and Trace, the provider should not charge the consumer for this period.

 DfE is not currently aware of a rise in consumer complaints about provider behaviour, and will continue to work with the CMA to ensure the sector is offered appropriate advice.

 Many thanks

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service Manager


10th December 2020- Survey - Wave 2, Challenges in your setting over the next 12 months. Closes 15 December. 

Dear Manager, Childminder

We are working with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Early Education and Childcare Leads across Greater Manchester to support childcare providers and the early years workforce throughout the coronavirus pandemic. In October we released the first of four surveys regarding the challenges in your setting over the next 12 months. Thank you to everyone who completed the first survey as Trafford received the highest number of responses and the information you provided will help gain a deeper insight into the childcare market.

The next survey is now live for all childcare providers at https://www.gmconsult.org/strategy-team/8542979d and is available until Wednesday 16 December. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. A summary of findings in Trafford will be provided after the survey is completed.

Findings from the survey will feed into conversations with government about local childcare needs as well as shape future local support. Survey results from October 2020 were presented to the Mayor’s Office, informed discussions with government and helped shape a scoping exercise around future business support to support the Greater Manchester early years provider market. The survey is repeated every half term, in order to monitor changes over time. The next survey will take place in January.

Many thanks for taking the time to complete the survey.

Kind regards,

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service Manager


17 November - Important Public Health Information for all Early Years Settings

Dear Manager, Childminder,

IMPORTANT – Public Health Information

I hope you and your team are well during this challenging time.

Please find attached the most recent update of the GM contact tracing guidance.

Important changes for you as a manager and childminder to note are:

  • The self-isolation time is calculated slightly differently. See below:

The following visual may help in making these calculations:

Calculation chart for COVID isolation period

Example isolation period for COVID contacts in an education setting

 

We are aware that this may differ from how you could interpret the online information that is available, but we are advised to use this method by Public Health England as it reflects a recent change to the national calculation methodology.

  • Changes to the ‘warn and inform’ letters – these have been improved and there is greater clarity about the isolation periods.  Please discard the old templates and use the new versions included in the document.

 

  • Parent guidance has been changed and is attached for ease of use. It is essential that this guidance is shared with all parents as soon as possible via the most appropriate methods including social media and is displayed somewhere near parent drop off/collection points. Parent Guidance is included in the document for different languages.
    • The document refers to a ‘Locality Contact Tracing Single Point of Contact’. This just refers to our central email covidtrace@trafford.gov.uk . Our Local Education Contact Tracing Lead is Kate Murdock. Kate works for Public Health and is the lead for early years and childcare settings and schools. Please continue to email covidtrace@trafford.gov.uk when you have a Covid case or an issue related to a case or outbreak. The team will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.  As highlighted in previous communications – you must request a call back if you are wanting additional advice or reassurance otherwise the team may assume that you have reported it and taken the necessary action (sending home a bubble, sending letters etc.) and all is in hand.  Settings are free to use the DfE helpline however the preferred method across Greater Manchester is to use our local arrangements and report to covidtrace@trafford.gov.uk. This is because Kate and the team have the local picture and understanding and work with the Early Years Team. Information of positive cases in early years and childcare settings is passed to the Early Years Service on a daily basis. This ensures that one of the Early Years Team (most likely to be Bev Reid or Jo Rust) will call you to offer additional support.

 

  • Detailed criteria for who would be classed a’ contact’.

 

  • The criteria for a potential ‘Outbreak’ in a setting is explained in Section 10 of the guidance however this will be decided by our own Public Health Team. In the event of a ‘potential outbreak’ an Outbreak Control meeting will be organised by Public Health. This is a supportive meeting that helps identify potential transmission points to minimise infection risk moving forward. In addition an Excel template has been made available to schools and settings. Public Health are requesting that this is completed before Outbreak Control meetings, however, the feedback we’ve received is that this is a really useful template for providers to review what is going on within their setting. Please use and adapt as you find useful.

 

We understand that there is a lot for you to digest at a time when many of you are juggling operational pressures, experiencing staffing difficulties and economic challenges. As many of you will already be aware we have already ran briefings (earlier on in the year) and more recently at our October sector meeting, however in response to the ongoing and ever changing guidance  a series of monthly briefings that will be delivered by Public Health, organised by the Early Years Service to support you. These briefings will be open to all registered early years and childcare providers. To book a place please go to www.traffordearlyyears.co.uk (login required).  If you are not currently registered as a member please email   earlyyearscpd@trafford.gov.uk and one of the team will help you to book on and register you to the membership at the same time.

Date

Time

Course code

Thursday 19 November

6.30 – 7.30 pm

AU20/PH01

Wednesday 2 December

6.30 – 7.30 pm

AU20/PH02

Thursday 21 January 2021

6.30 – 7.30 pm

SP21/PH03

Thursday 4 February 2021

6.30 – 7.30 pm

SP21/PH04

 

We would also like to make you aware that Ofsted has published guidance informing all early years provision to contact them if there has been a confirmed case of Covid in their setting. They have also said that settings should contact them if they have had to close due to this.

We want to ensure that we work together to provide you, as early years and childcare settings, with as much support as possible. If you would like any support understanding the guidance or with offering advice or support please contact the Quality Team and either Bev Reid:  07725070739 or Jo Rust 07725070658 will be happy to help.

Thank you for your on-going commitment.

 

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service Manager


11 November - Latest Government Guidance for Education and Childcare settings

Dear Manager/Childminder,

Please see links below to the latest Government guidance.

The main updates are to reflect the National Restrictions and extension of the furlough scheme.

You should note that contrary to the guidance sent out last week parents and carers can be allowed into settings to settle children as outlined in this updated document. Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Education and childcare settings: New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020

If a setting is within an area where there are local restrictions in place, the DfES have stated that providers should use their ‘best endeavours’ to meet the requirements of the Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS) (this document was updated on Wednesday 11th November 2020)

We are aware that some settings are feeling the strain due to staff members requiring to self-isolate. In these situations providers should consider completing a full risk assessment with all staff about how you could change the activities to incorporate more outdoor learning and group games to support your limited ratios throughout the day. Inform all parents of any changes to your usual routine. Remember to consider the overall number of staff and children throughout the day, and how best to manage this to ensure there is no breach in any welfare requirements.

If you take the decision to close please ensure that you inform Ofsted of your plans for closure : enquiries@ofsted.co.uk , please remember to include your URN number in all correspondence. Ofsted may want to see any risk assessments in place that support any significant changes in practice and staffing. The written risk assessment should take into account all relevant factors with the aim of enabling the setting to ensure they can provide the safe care needed during any period of intervention related to coronavirus (COVID-19), including:

·         the number of children on the premises

·         the staff to child ratios

·         the types of activities undertaken with the children on the premises

·         the likely need for first aid based on the needs of the children attending the premises

·         first aider knowledge among staff on the premises

·         the mitigations available to reduce the risk of such an incident

If you would like to talk through any staffing or operational procedures please contact Jo Rust or Bev Reid for further guidance.

 

Many thanks

 

Lynda Kilduff | EYFS Consultant


5 November - Latest Government Guidance for Education and Childcare settings: New National Restrictions

Dear Manger/Childminder,

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the work that has gone in to keeping your childcare open for the children and families in Trafford despite the challenging times we are facing.

As we go into National Lockdown the Government has updated  the guidance for Education and childcare settings: New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020

The key things to note as an Early Years provider are:

  • All Early Years setting are expected to remain open for all children
  • Childcare and education is one of the exceptions where children, young people, parents and carers can leave their home
  • Settings should suspend all visits to the setting except those that are absolutely necessary. This includes suspending parent and carer visits for new admissions, settling in children new to the setting and attending organised performances.

(Full details can be found by following the link above) 

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you once again that if you have a suspected or positive case of Covid-19 in your Trafford setting you should notify Trafford Public Health by emailing covidtrace@trafford.gov.uk . If you would like additional support from the Public Health Team this should be requested in your email.

Many thanks

Lynda Kilduff | EYFS Consultant

 


30 October - Latest Government Guidance

Dear Manager / Childminder,

Please find below the latest Government guidance for circulation to parents and carers.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Page summary
Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.

Change made
We have updated this guidance to include changes to information on self-isolation and shielding, who needs to get a test for coronavirus (COVID-19), face coverings, assessment and exams.

Time updated
4:34pm, 29 October 2020

27 October - Latest Government Guidance

For your reference please find below the latest Government Guidance and notes of the changes that have been made that may affect your settings.

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Page summary
What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
On 16 October 2020 – amended information on local COVID alert levels and tiers of restriction (section 3), staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable (section 3), children who are shielding (section 4) and informal childcare (section 5).

Time updated
3:57pm, 21 October

Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update

Page summary
Ofsted guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers.

Change made
Updated the information for early years and childcare.

Time updated
2:19pm, 22 October 2020

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

Page summary
Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.

Change made
Updated information about how to report confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the section on engaging with the NHS test and trace process.

Time updated
5:00pm, 22 October 2020

Lynda Kilduff | EYFS Consultant


22 October: IMPORTANT  - Public Health Information for all Early Years and Childcare Settings in Trafford

Dear Manager / Childminder,

As we enter into ‘Tier 3,’ the highest level of risk, it is more important than ever that everyone adhere to local and national guidance and continually review their setting’s individual risk assessment to ensure that they are ‘live’ and evolving documents.

As previously reported we have had low numbers of positive cases within early years and childcare settings. We want to keep these as low as possible. In order to do this I would like to highlight a number of emerging trends/issues that we are seeing across Trafford:

  • A small number of referrals to Union representatives from staff in settings reporting that staff members are allowed to work whilst being symptomatic. This information is highlighted at the highest level to the Director of Public Health, the Director of Education and the Director of Children’s Services in Trafford. As this links to safeguarding practice I need to make settings aware that aside from the obvious impact on public health, this could trigger Ofsted involvement. In these circumstances settings will receive a phone call from a Senior Manager within the Early Years Service to notify you of the reported concerns, to ascertain that appropriate measures are in place and offer support where necessary.  Any Early Years Service involvement will be ‘support’ oriented. In the very unlikely event that Public Health is being significantly compromised there could be involvement from other Local Authority ‘enforcement’ services – this is not specific to early years but to all businesses both locally and nationally.

  • A small number of settings have had multiple staff members test positive resulting in an ‘outbreak’. This can occur for numerous reasons, however please pay attention to maintaining bubbles where possible, the cleaning and use of staff rooms, office spaces (and who should occupy them) and also discouraging behaviours out of the setting that could result in increased risks of infection.

  • Large numbers of children having to self-isolate. This is often a result of one staff member covering lunch times or undertaking a duty that means they are in all rooms. Please try where possible to retain bubbles and restrict staff movement. In the event of a positive case this will restrict the numbers of children having to isolate.

  • Challenges with capacity and business continuity. We understand that staffing is hard for some settings at the moment and have received some queries and requests for guidance about the use of agency staff. This needs to be thought through at an individual setting level and should be included in your risk assessment. Some settings, for example, have chosen to not use any agency staff at all at the moment whilst others are using staff from just one agency only where there is agreement about a practitioner working in one setting at a time to minimise risk. It is the responsibility of each individual setting to consider how they choose to manage risk whilst considering business continuity. This consideration needs to be clearly evident in the risk assessment. Bev Reid and Jo Rust are on hand to help managers/childminders think these things through and will also offer advice and support on risk assessments if required.

  • Children moving to temporary settings. It has come to our attention that a very small number of children in receipt of early education entitlement are moving to a temporary setting for two weeks if a childminder is self- isolating. This may be because a childminder’s child has been identified as a ‘contact’. Please note that as an Early Years Service we will not be funding any temporary moves in these circumstances. We would not be advising settings to take children in these circumstances as temporary movement is not advisable at a time when infection prevention and control is the overriding priority. Please be aware that ‘childcare bubbles’ are allowed under the Tier 3 rules meaning that families are able to source informal support and create a childcare bubble if they find themselves in this unfortunate situation. We understand that not everyone will have family support but have to accept that this will be a temporary issue.

I would like to thank everyone for the on-going service and support you are providing to the children and families of Trafford. We will continue to work closely with Public Health and keep you fully up to date with developments.

Kind regards,

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service Manager


16 October - Updated guidance for holiday & after school clubs

Dear Manager,

Please find updated guidance for holiday and after school clubs in:

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Main changes to guidance

The latest update to this guidance as follows:

  • added in section about local COVID alert levels
  • added content about local COVID alert levels to the following sections:
    • educational visits and trips
    • providers of music, dance and drama or sports provision
    • staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable
    • face coverings

Kind regards,

 Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service Manager


2 October - To all Out of School Clubs

Dear OOSC Provider,

Please find attached  the latest guidance for operating during the Covid-19 outbreak and guidance for parents. The main changes to the document are:

  • All references to Summer holidays have been removed
  • Links to venue specific guidance have been included
  • The Test and Trace section has been updated with information about the NHS Covid-19 app.

It is important that if you have a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 at your setting you notify Trafford Public Health immediately by emailing  covidtrace@trafford.gov.uk You will be advised of any action that you need to take at your setting.

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Many thanks

Lynda Kilduff | EYFS Consultant


2 October - Early Years update and Covid-19 Test and Trace App

Dear Manager, Childminder,

I hope you, your teams and families are well.

I wanted to take the opportunity a few weeks in to the new academic year to thank you all for your adaptability, commitment and absolute professionalism during what has been a very challenging time for the sector. As an Early Years Service we have been proud of what has been achieved collectively. The number of children attending settings has steadily increased with nearly 5500 early years children attending a PVI setting this week. Parent carer confidence in Trafford  appears to be high. The operational measures that you have all taken to make your settings as safe as possible have clearly had a positive impact. Thank you for sending in your Demand Assessment. Whilst this is required by the DfE to inform national decisions it also allows us to monitor demand, sustainability and sufficiency locally – needless to say this information is important for all of us. The DfE has requested that we continue to collect this information until the end of November albeit with less frequency. I would be very grateful if you could continue to provide this essential information when requested in order that we continue to monitor the sector in Trafford on your behalf.

I also want to inform you and reassure you that positive COVID cases in early years settings has been low. Please be assured that we are working very closely with Trafford Public Health colleagues and review the situation daily. We will continue to keep you fully informed of developments in recognition of your role as an essential service.

Please also find details of the Covid-19 App  https://covid19.nhs.uk/pdf/introducing-the-app.pdf. You may want to encourage staff to download the app to help support your settings risk assessment and help with test and trace.

Kind wishes,

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service Mananger


29 September 2020 

Following an extended break due to the pandemic we have re-started production of the In the Loop newsletter fortnightly, every other Monday.

Read the latest issue


  

23 September 2020 - Latest DfE Coronavirus Updates for Early Years and Childcare Providers

Dear Manager, Childminder

The DfE has published updated guidance for local authorities and all early years providers in England during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak which can be accessed via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures

Updates in this guidance cover the following:

Further information about: the use and disposal of face coverings; supervised toothbrushing programmes; process for local lockdowns; music, dance and drama; maximising use of sites and ventilation within settings; reopening of buildings; journeys, such as pickups and drop offs; attending more than one setting; a child with symptoms attending a setting; pregnant women; visitors to settings; including new admissions and settling in; use of outdoor private and public spaces; informal childcare; supporting children’s and staff wellbeing; new SEND legislation; EYFS disapplications ending on 25 September 2020; emergency first aid; the Job Retention Bonus scheme; managing coronavirus cases, and funding.

Revised wording about: employer health and safety and equalities duties; staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable; children who are shielding or self-isolating, and; safeguarding.

Many thanks,

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Manager


Stay at Home guidance for households with someone with COVID 19 symptoms in different languages

Please ensure that parent carers understand the Stay at Home Guidance so that they know what to do in the event that anyone in their household develops symptoms or has COVID 19. This information is available in a number of different languages. Please ensure that all your families are able to access this important information to keep their families safe along with staff in your setting.

Nursery and early years sector: COVID 19 restrictions and consumer law

Please find documentation and advice from the Competition and Markets Authority on how consumer law applies to the agreements between nurseries and early years providers and consumers (parents) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Whilst the CMA acknowledges that the vast majority of early years businesses are striving to treat their customers fairly under exceptional circumstances, there have been practices which have caused concern. These have included demands for full (or significantly high) payments when no service could be provided for extended periods. Through this advice and the open letter to the sector, the CMA is urging early years businesses to address these issues and avoid breaching consumer law in their dealings with consumers.

Please find advice in the document below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nursery-and-early-years-sector-covid-19-restrictions-and-consumer-law

Please read an open letter to all settings. We would urge all providers to read this important document:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/904194/Open_letter_to_Nursery_and_Early_Years__settings.pdf


Funding for Autumn 2020

Following the Department for Education guidance updated on 20 July 2020, local authorities are required to fund providers ‘as if autumn term 2020 were happening normally’ however there is an acknowledgement that some providers may not have the same levels of demand due to COVID 19. To support sustainability of the sector the DfE are advising that autumn term 2020 can be paid at the same levels of autumn 2019 if demand and numbers of funded children were higher in 2019. In Trafford we will therefore be comparing your funding with autumn 2019 and will pay you whichever is the higher rate. Below are the details of how we will administer this to support settings who have lower numbers than usual.

  • Please continue to submit your estimates by Sunday 16 August. This is a new process used to calculate your advance payment, as per our email to all providers on 4 August 2020.
  • Later in September you will receive a payment for the difference between your autumn 2019 funding and your advance payment for autumn 2020.
  • For audit purposes you still need to claim for the children who are registered at your setting as you have done in previous terms. The only difference this term is that the claim will be submitted on our new system. Information on this will follow.
  • If your claim in autumn 2020 is more than you received in autumn 2019 you will still receive a claim payment and this will be for the difference.
  • A termly reconciliation will still take place and any under/over payments will be processed as normal.

Update on Early Help Panels

There have been some changes to Early Help Panels. Early Help Panels are now operating at a locality level. Early Help Panels will take place Monday – Thursday, from 9 – 10am, via Microsoft Teams, each focusing on a different Locality within Trafford:

  • Monday covering the West Locality
  • Tuesday covering the North Locality
  • Wednesday covering the Central Locality
  • Thursday covering the South Locality

The aim is that each panel will develop local intelligence and a membership that is reflective of the area children, young people and families live, with key members including:

  • Trafford Council’s Children’s Services and Commissioning
  • Health (School Nurse/Health Visiting)
  • Youth Engagement Service
  • CAMHS
  • SEND
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse services
  • Domestic Abuse services
  • Police
  • 3rd sector
  • Voluntary organisations

Panels will ensure; early identification of emerging needs or trends within the community, so information is timely and coordinated among agencies as appropriate, and enable informed commissioning. They will also embed the approach that Early Help is everyone’s business and enable agencies and families to become experts on; where to go for help and advice, what is currently available and what people can do for themselves.

If you want to find out more information and/or join or nominate someone to take part in a Panel please contact: Colette Haggis / colette.haggis@trafford.gov.uk

Grants extended for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme 

Please note that the scheme has been extended. If you were eligible for the first grant and can confirm to HMRC that your business has been adversely affected on or after 14 July 2020, you’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant from 17 August 2020.

You can make a claim for the second and final grant if you’re eligible, even if you did not make a claim for the first grant.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Families returning back from holidays abroad

We are having a very small number of settings advising us that families are either not aware or are attempting to bring children back to a setting if they have been to a country requiring a quarantine period on their return. As a service we will raise the issue with our Public Health colleagues however for your information please ensure that you discuss holiday destinations with families and remind them of the rules. Please see the link below for information. Please note that this information will change so it is worth keeping abreast of these developments.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Thank you for your on-going commitment.

Kindest wishes,

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Manager 


Early Years Update 16 June 2020 (updated 19 Aug 2020) - IMPORTANT - Trafford Supplementary Guidance for early years and childcare settings

Trafford Supplementary Guidance for early years and childcare settings developed by Trafford Public Health for all early years and childcare providers. This contains important guidance and information about what you need to do if there is a suspected or confirmed COVID 19 case within your setting. Template letters for parent carers are included.

It is essential that you read this guidance.

I would also like to stress the importance of your risk assessment. Please ensure you follow whatever is set out on your risk assessment. Your risk assessment should be a dynamic document that should be amended in light of new guidance and your own operational practices.

Many thanks,

Zoe Sweeney

Early Years Service


29 May 2020 - updated 19 Aug 2020

Dear Manager / Childminder,

I hope you are all continuing to stay safe and well.

Following last week’s publication of the government planning guide for early years and childcare settings, Trafford have created an example risk assessment (attached) to help you implement protective measures to limit the transmission of coronavirus.

The example is only a guide and risk assessments should written to reflect your provision and in line with all government guidance.

Hope you find it useful.

Jo Rust

Childcare Advisor

Early Years Service


Government Update

11 May 2020

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings open to more children and young people

 

Key Forms and Documents

Supporting Transitions across Early Years during Covid 19

Trafford Model Risk Assessment for the Re-Opening of Early Years and Childcare Settings Oct 2020

Trafford Specific Supplementary Guidance to Early Years and Childcare Settings

Coronavirus (Covid-19) safeguarding advice for childcare providers on unregulated activity

Covid 19 Questionnaire

Support for Early Years providers during COVID19

Demand Assessment Form - Excel Document or PDF version

Emergency transition of children between childcare settings

Letter from the Children's Minister to all EY settings

Letter from Secretary of State for Education to everyone helping keep early years settings, schools and colleges open

Previous Communications

The following emails were sent to all childcare and early years settings in Trafford regarding coronavirus:

17 September 2020 - Early Years Update

11 September 2020 - What to do if a child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

8 September 2020 - Early Years Update

8 September 2020 - Early Years Update

7 September 2020 - Early Years Update

3 September 2020 -  Contain framework guidance for education settings

21 August 2020 - Early Years Update

20 August - Guidance for Essential Visits During Covid-19

19 August - Early Years Update

14 August 2020 - Early years update

3 August 2020Local lockdown FAQs for early years and childcare providers

31 July 2020 - Update from Public Health 

27 July Early years update 

7 July Early years update 

2 July Early years update

5 June Early years update

3 June 2020 Early years update

26 May 2020 Early years update

6 May Area SENCO Update

6 May 2020 Early years update

24 April 2020 Department of Education coronavirus update

23 April 2020 Early years update

9 April 2020 Early years update

26 March 2020 Early years update

20 March 2020 Early years update

19 March 2020 Early years update

18 March 2020 Early years update

 

Health Visitor Contact Details

Altrincham 912 4044

Timperley 912 3355

Stretford 912 5567

Old Trafford  912 8247

West (Urmston and Partington)  746 3810

Sale 912 2287