Coronavirus updated advice
Latest updates on the government's response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Open letter from Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP
- Read - Rt Hon Gavin Williamson's CBE MP letter to everyone helping keep early years settings, schools and colleges
Flexibility to use early years entitlement funding to secure childcare for children of critical workers and vulnerable children
Local authorities will, in exceptional cases, be able to redistribute their free childcare entitlement funding differently to ensure sufficient childcare places are available for the children of critical workers and for vulnerable children, where their usual arrangements are no longer possible as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).
We have updated our guidance on early years and childcare closures for local authorities, early years settings and childminders to include this information.
The guidance can be found here:
Employer support in response to coronavirus
The government has published a full range of support measures for UK employers and employees:
Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK
All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.UK:
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:
- Updates on COVID-19
- Guidance for educational settings
- Guidance for social or community care and residential settings
- Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas
- Educational resources:
- Latest Department for Education information:
- Deferring Ofsted inspections guidance
outlines Ofsted's policy for determining that an inspection of a provider should not go ahead on the planned dates.
Updated 3 April 2020