Early Years

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The advice and support you need during this current crisis will vary depending on the type of setting you are be it a provider on non- domestic premises, a school or a childminder. Throughout the current lockdown period (November 2020) ALL children should attend settings as usual. However in these challenging times there may be periods of time when staff may need to self isolate and this could provide challenges for you. Please remember that the government is asking everyone to provide childcare for children of critical workers, those with an EHCP or those that have a named social worker and to prioritise their attendance.  

In order to ensure that you have the information you need we have endeavored to put it all together in one place to make it easier for you to find. However if you have a question which is not answered in any of these documents please email your named Key Contact or email; earlyyears@buckinghamshire.gov.uk We will do our best to provide an answer or direct you to the most appropriate source of support.

New process for reporting positive confirmed cases of COVID19 in your setting:


The DfE recognise that there have been some difficulties reaching the local public health protection teams for advice on action to take on a positive case in a setting. As a result, from today 17th September, there will be a new dedicated service available to advise nurseries or schools who have been informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in their setting ie a child or staff member testing positive. The government guidance will be updated shortly to reflect this new information.


From today, the new service can be reached by calling the DfE’s existing helpline on 0800 046 8687 and selecting the option for reporting a positive case. You will then be directed to the dedicated NHS advice team for nurseries, schools and colleges with confirmed cases.


Public Health England


Schools and Early Years setting Covid outbreak guide

Public Health England South East Health Protection Team: Managing Suspected and Confirmed Covid-19 Cases in Childcare and Educational Settings Version 4.1 Date: 23 September 2020 - FLOWCHART 

A Quick Guide for Parents and Carers (for settings)

Recovery Planning For Early Years Providers:

- Recovery Planning For Early Years Providers

Contingency planning for PVI

Contingency planning for Childminders

Support with current and future plans, whether you are closed, open or re-opening. Designed to sit alongside any new and additional Government guidance.

Transitions For Early Years Providers:

- Planning For Transitions across the Early Years Foundation Stage

Considerations and ideas for supporting the many different types of transitions taking place within Early Years providers


Returning to Setting Social Story     New School Social Story  Starting a Setting Social Story   

Social Distancing Visuals     All About Me 

Hot Topics

Hot Topics September 2020

  • In the event of a setting’s exceptional closure, if you have any parent with a child who is entitled to continue attending a setting (e.g. critical workers, children with an EHCP or with a social worker) that does not have a place, please contact the following for support:
  • If you require log in details to record a closure of a setting in Buckinghamshire (Nursery or Pre-school) then please contact buckssupport@publicconsultinggroup.co.uk. Unfortunately, the Early Years Service do not have access to these details.

SEND SUPPORT - SEND consultations are now available daily

See SEND Advice and Consultations | Early Years for more information and the rota.

NEW - AET - Tools For Teachers - Covid 19 Edition (Free Download)

Six essential tools for teachers supporting autistic children and young people through home-schooling and transition back to school.  Additional resources can also be found on the AET Covid 19 Information Centre.

Information from the Integrated SEND Team

For key information about supporting children with SEND please visit the specific pages on the Local Offer page Covid-19 SEND Advice for children and Young People

The Government has produced a significant amount of guidance to support you will all aspects of your provision during the current crisis. As independent organisations not all documents will be relevant too you but we have produced a list so all the information is in one place.

We know from the information you have been sharing with your Key Contacts there is some fabulous work going on by providers to support their parents with fun, playful activities to help children at home through this difficult time.

We have created a Learning at Home Together resource to assist you to continue your support for parents and children. It will contain some learning at home resource sheets for parents, information from the Early Years SEND team and ideas to share from Buckinghamshire settings.


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