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The edition includes: Early years funding, Local Discretionary Grant Scheme, Summary of recent events, Personal Protective Equipment, Safeguarding, Child Safety Week, Transition, Help 2 to 4 year olds to learn, Preventing the spread of infection and Good case studies
Early years funding
The deadline to submit the COVID-19 payments claims for a key worker’s or vulnerable child already funded with a closed provider is 28 June. Please make sure that you submit your claims before the deadline.

The portal is now open for all providers to send their estimate payments claims for the autumn term 2020. The deadline to submit the claims is 18 August 2020.
COVID-19 portal guide
Provider portal
Funding guidance for BCP providers
Early years funding questions and answers from 1 June
In order to help all BCP childcare providers to return to work from 1 June after closure due the coronavirus outbreak, we have produced early years funding questions and answers.
Early years funding questions and answers from 1 June
Apply now for our Local Discretionary Grant scheme
BCP Council has launched its Local Discretionary Grant scheme after being allocated £4.3 million of additional funding by the Government to support small businesses.

The new fund is aimed at small businesses that can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income because of COVID-19, have ongoing fixed property-related costs and occupy property or shared office space with a rateable value below £51,000. 

The scheme is open to apply until 9am on Monday 15 June.
For more information and to apply
Summary of recent updates
Notification to Ofsted

You only need to let Ofsted know if you open / close or make permanent changes to your operating hours / days. If you are working ‘flexibly’ for the short term due to coronavirus, you do not need to let Ofsted know. 

Grouping of children / wrap around care

Ideally you should work with groups of up to 8 children, and never with more than 16 children. The guidance states that children should ‘ideally attend only 1 setting’. However, this has caused some inconsistent understanding, and the DfE are looking to make this part of the guidance clearer for schools and settings. 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Although the recent guidance does not fall within the regulatory requirements, the EYFS states that ‘the provider must promote the good health of the children attending the setting’. Therefore, if a provider failed to follow the guidance around arrangements for providing care for children during the COVID-19 pandemic, it could be seen that they were failing to meet this requirement. 

Expired PFA certificates

If PFA certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with coronavirus, or by complying with related Government advice, the validity of current certificates can be extended by up to 3 months. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 16 March 2020. This extension is currently being reviewed to identify if this timescale can be further extended, and also to identify when PFA courses are likely to resume. 
Latest Government COVID-19 advice for childcare settings
Updated Government guidance
Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak 
Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We are so grateful for the enormous commitment shown by providers to welcome larger numbers of children back into settings this week and to those that are reopening for the first time since lock-down. We really do understand the challenges that this brings both financially and in terms of managing risk.
Providers have fed back a number of concerns about reopening including access to PPE supplies. We are pleased to confirm that we are able to supply, free of charge, a PPE starter pack to providers that have told us through the surveys we sent, or via link workers, that they’re open from 1 June, or that have indicated their intention to open at a later date. This is a total of 231 providers out of 353, and those providers have been emailed directly today.
We hope that the pack will be useful but please be reminded that the requirement for PPE use in settings is minimal and the priority must be on regular, robust hand washing. Please see the Governments guidance on Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The packs will consist of the following items:
  Childminders Pre Schools Day Nurseries
Masks 20 50 100
Gloves 100 100 300
Aprons 100 100 200
Small hand Sanitiser 12 24 48
Packs can be collected from the Bournemouth Learning Centre (next to Winton Academy) from Monday 8 June until Friday 12 June between the hours of 9am to 5pm. The team there will be expecting you. If you wish to discuss further, please contact your early years link worker.
Please note that, unless alternative arrangements have been agreed with your early years link worker, collections not made by 5pm on Friday 12 June will be assumed as surplus to requirements and offered to other providers that had reopened but not informed us through the survey or link worker to ensure as many providers access PPE as needed. 
Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
Safeguarding children during COVID-19
All childcare providers, including those who are currently closed, have a duty of care to help safeguard children and their families. Please continue to keep in regular contact with your families during this difficult time, to ensure you are fulfilling your safeguarding responsibilities. The Government, BCP Council and the Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership have all set out the responsibilities and duties expected of early years providers for the safeguarding of children, and these remain essential at this time. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact your allocated link worker. 
See updated information on the early years safeguarding web page
Child safety week
In response to COVID-19, Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) are changing what they do this year, to meet the changing needs of families and the frontline staff who support them.

They have created new content that practitioners can use right now in their digital communications, as they reach out to families. This includes their top tips for child safety during lock-down and beyond, plus advice on preventing burns and poisoning.

They are reworking the Child Safety Week Action Pack as a year-round resource, so practitioners can use it in face-to-face work with families as lock-down eases.
Child Accident Prevention Trust website
Transition to school: reminder
Many schools and academies have made their own arrangements for supporting the transition of children into their reception classes this year and may have contacted early years providers to obtain information for children known to have been offered a place.

In the absence of school specific paperwork, providers might wish to use the attached BCP transfer record to collate information and send on to the child’s receiving school, with parental permission. In the eventuality that the provider cannot see the parent again before the start of school to obtain a written signature, they should obtain a virtual signature (via email or an online learning journal) or a verbal consent by phone which is then recorded.

Also attached, is some suggested guidance for sharing this information in a timely way and for organising a virtual transition meeting for children with additional needs if this has not already happened.
Transition timeline
Guidance for setting up a meeting
Foundation stage transition form
Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Schools, nurseries and childcare providers have begun to welcome all children back in phases starting from 1 June 2020. While children gain a lot from being at nursery, the things that parents do at home can help their development more.

This guidance will give parents information and reassurance about being at home with their children while they await the gradual return of all children into their settings.
Advice for parents and carers
Reopening childcare within community buildings and places of worship
On 1 June an amendment to the Health Protection Regulations was made by the Secretary of State to enable early years providers to operate within community buildings or places of worship with immediate effect.  Some providers were having difficulty in this respect.
Please find updated regulations (the explanatory note on page 6 is clear that these venues can now be used).
Updated regulations
Furlough staff blog from FAMLY
Imogen Edmunds on furlough and reboarding your team.
FAMLY blog
Preventing the spread of infection training
Complete online COVID-19 basic training fully funded in under a hour with the Virtual College.

Educare have created 5 steps for preventing the spread of infection in early years. You can then complete the infection prevention at a cost of £14. They have also created some helpful PDF support resources which you can download.
Virtual College
5 steps for preventing the spread of infection
Useful resources
Good case studies

Dell Cottage Nursery, New Milton has kindly allowed us to share their lovely fun video that they made by the staff to welcome back the children to their setting.

The Orchard has also been inspirational with their video on showing parents and children what the nursery would look like on their reopening and kindly allowed us to share with you.

If any other early years settings would also like to share good case scenarios to support and inspire your fellow colleagues, then please email them in to the Buddy scheme.
Dell Cottage Nursery
The Orchard
Buddy support - we are here for you
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