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Whilst we are still encouraging early years providers to take a cautious and measured approach, we know that you are developing creative but safe ways to manage the risks as you welcome more children back.

Guidance has changed frequently and may continue to do so, therefore, we will continue to support you to ensure that children and their families continue to receive fair, equitable, high-quality provision in all early years settings.

If you have any questions about the content of this page or anything else related to COVID-19, please email us.


DFE guidance

Please find below latest guidance from the DfE for early years and childcare providers and for parents/carers of children attending early years settings.

Updated guidance - 2 July

What parents/carers need to know - 2 July

Planning guidance - 24 May

Getting tested

Essential workers including teachers or early years workers self-isolating on account of COVID-19 symptoms can now apply for testing for themselves and their households. 

The Department of Health and Social Care have confirmed that testing is now available for children aged under 5 to help support the phased opening of schools and childcare settings in England. From 28 May, all symptomatic individuals in England will be able to access a test if they need one. Read the full press release on the new Trace and Test service.

Getting tested

Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) in early years settings

You should be sourcing your own PPE but if you are unable to do so, you may complete the PPE request form. If you have any queries or for more information about PPE, please email Julia Bleet, Commissioning and Operations Manager.

Sources of PPE equipment

Islington Council PPE position statement

Early Years data return

We are asking early years settings, including childminders, to continue to return children's attendance data to us so that we can monitor the demand and ensure we meet the needs across Islington.

Nurseries (including primary schools with EYFS provision)

Survey to be returned to us by 10am on Tuesday and Thursday.


Weekly survey to be returned to us by 11am every Wednesday.

Latest guidance

Latest News

Revised Risk Assessment
09 Jul 2020

Please note that we will be issuing updated guidance and a revised risk assessment template to assist schools and settings in their planning for...

Updated DfE guidance on actions for early years and childcare providers - 2 July
03 Jul 2020

The updated DfE guidance sets out what applies and what is set to change on 20 July, regarding the groups approach in early years settings, and...

Early Years Foundation Stage reforms - consultation outcome
02 Jul 2020

Please see below guidance updates from the DfEEarly Years Foundation Stage reforms consultation responseActions for early years and childcare...