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Guidance from the DfE is likely to be updated regularly. National and local updates will be added to these pages so please check back here regularly.

We will continue to support you to ensure that children and their families receive safe, 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.

Actions for early years

What parents/carers need to know

What parents/carers need to know - Translated guidance

Protective measures, out of school

Getting tested

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. Read the full press release on the new Trace and Test service and guidance below.

Suspected or Confirmed cases - who to inform

Suspected or Confirmed cases - updated materials

Safely Back to Early Years Posters

The Safely Back to Early years poster is now available in different languages. Please promote the poster in a variety of ways, for example via your twitter feed, your website, Instagram account, text messaging to families etc...  

Safely Back to Early Years posters 

Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) in early years settings

In an emergency, if you are unable to source your own PPE, you can contact Kayleigh Olushola for support.


Sources of PPE equipment

Islington Council PPE position statement

Use of PPE for EY settings with SEN children - Public Health Guidance

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.


Weekly survey to be returned to us by 10am every Thursday.

Latest guidance

Latest News

Reporting positive Covid-19 cases in early years provision
22 Sep 2020

If you have a positive Covid-19 case in your provision you must follow these steps: Contact the Department for Education (DFE) Helpline on 0800...

Updated DfE guidance for early years providers
22 Sep 2020

The DfE has today published updated guidance for local authorities and all early years providers in England during the coronavirus (Covid-19)...

Updated materials on what to do when there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID in your setting
18 Sep 2020

Our local public health team has updated their flowchart and other resources to reflect the change in protocol should you have a confirmed or...