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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.


Positive Covid-19 cases

If you have a confirmed positive case of Covid-19 in your setting you must inform:​

There are certain specific conditions or cases where settings should be escalating to the London Coronavirus Response Cell (LCRC): 033 303 0450. Full guidance is in the pack; in summary you must contact LCRC if: 
  • There have been any hospitalisations 
  • For larger nursery settings: if 10% or more of a bubble is affected within 14 days; 10% of staff are affected within 14 days; 3 or more bubbles are affected 
Early years providers are being asked to conduct their own on-site risk assessment when they receive notice of a positive Covid-19 case which affects their provision. The London Coronavirus Response Cell (LCRC) has created a pack to support settings. Summary information is available for nurseries and childminders. Settings can get further advice from:
  • DfE: 0800 046 8687 
  • Islington Public Health: CIPHadmin@islington.gov.uk 

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

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.

Out of School Childcare 

Survey for Schools and Voluntary Providers to fill every Friday.

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