COVID 19 - Information to support settings

Safeguarding - Home Office (added on 18 June); Right now, vulnerable children and adults may be particularly isolated, meaning that the family, community and professional networks they usually rely on may be unavailable or hard to access. At the same time, living under the current arrangements may increase the pressures that can contribute to abuse and neglect, or allow it to go unseen. Neighbours, volunteers and professionals can play a vital role in keeping adults and children safe.

The Home Office, in collaboration with a number of other government departments, has produced information and guidance for those who are operating in communities and may not be trained to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern.

Guidance on ordering additional coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits

Anyone who experiences any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms should get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test at a testing site or at home. This includes all pupils, teachers, and staff. All schools and further education providers have been provided with an initial supply of 10 test kits to complement these main access routes.

These test kits should only be used in the exceptional circumstance that an individual becomes symptomatic and you believe they may have barriers to accessing testing elsewhere. Access to these tests will help symptomatic staff who test negative, and are not close contacts of confirmed cases, to get back to work as soon as they feel well enough.

Schools and further education providers should order additional test kits if they have run out, or are running out, of test kits. Additional test kits can be ordered online and will be supplied in boxes of 10, with one box provided per 1,000 pupils or students. You will be able to make a new order for test kits 21 days after you receive a delivery confirmation email telling you that your previous supply of test kits has been sent.

Further information on how to order test kits can be found in the guidance on test kits for schools and further education providers. (added on 24th September)


SEND Funding Application Deadline

This is a reminder that applications for SEND Funding for the Autumn Term 2021 need to be submitted by Thursday 1st April 2021. Moderation of all applications will need to take place before Friday 26th March 2021 Noon and the Panel Meeting is due to be held on Monday 26th April 2021.  If you have any questions, or need further support, please do not hesitate to contact Sam or Mel at

Resources to support children

Nasen have shared a resource that has been specifically developed for young children who may have additional needs or SEND. It is suitable for both practitioners and parents to use. It has a collection of ideas to support children develop resilience and transition back in to settings. Please click here to access the pack. (added on 28th September)

There is now a new Specialist Support Referral Form which can be accessed via our website:

Please use this new form when making referrals to Nottingham City SEND support services. This form should also be used to refer any children who will be transitioning into school in September and requires support from the Autism or Learning Support team. Please ensure you provide email addresses where indicated and to ensure no referrals are missed please return via email to the address given on the form. (added on 12 June)

Transition to Operational The Early Years team have developed a document to support childcare providers who are planning to re-open their setting, or extend their current offer, from 1st June 2020. This tool can be used independently by providers, or in conjunction with their support worker. It has been designed to help support the journey to fully operational from whatever the setting’s starting point, as each setting will be different. Click link for document. (updated on 24 June)

LA Guidance to support open Early Years Settings during COVID-19 outbreak

As an LA we have been putting together a document which may help providers consider how to prepare their setting for the wider opening from 1st June. It contains information that has been shared with us by open providers (a huge thank you to those who were so willing to share). 

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during the coronavirus outbreak - This guidance was first published on 19th April and has been updated to reflect the expected return to school for some children. This is the guidance for parents and carers of primary school aged children (added on 21 May)

Risk Assessment - A model risk assessment has been created by Nottingham City Council's Schools Safety Manager in response to the paediatric first aid changes highlighted here: Statutory guidance: Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications (section 6.2)

Early Years providers should read section 6.2 before deciding whether a risk assessment is required. It only applies to 2-5 year olds.

The risk assessment, on the link is provided as an example only, you are free to complete the risk assessment in another format with different content if you wish. We would also suggest that you make contact with your insurance company should you need to complete a risk assessment to make them aware. (added on 28 April)

Health and Safety Checklist - This is a useful tool for settings planning to open on the 1st June or for those moving towards wider opening. The checklist provides focus and a step-by-step approach for considering what needs to be in place before re-opening your provision. This form can form part of your settings full risk assessment or operational plan and will need to  be  regularly reviewed as further guidance becomes available.  


PPE, Testing and NHS

Information education settings should have to hand when they call for advice on a positive case

Public Health England’s (PHE) dedicated advice service, delivered by NHS Business Services Authority, is available to early years settings, schools, colleges and out of school settings. The service is for those needing support on the action they should take when they have been informed of a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their setting (i.e. a pupil or staff member testing positive).

It can be reached by calling the Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline on 0800 046 8687 and selecting option 1 to report a positive test within your setting. This option will take you through to a dedicated team of NHS Business Services Authority advisors who will work through a risk assessment with you to identify close contacts, and will inform you what action is needed based on the latest public health advice. Advisors will be responsible for referring more complex cases to the PHE regional health protection team, as necessary, following a triaging of your circumstances during the call.

Phone: 0800 046 8687 – option 1 to report a positive test within your setting

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm

When you call for advice, please have the following information to hand relating to the positive coronavirus (COVID-19) case in your setting as you will need to discuss this with the call adviser:

·       the number of positive cases in your setting, whether the person who tested positive is displaying symptoms and if so, the date of the onset of the symptoms (if known)

·       the dates that the person who tested positive was in attendance at the setting so that we can identify if the person was infectious whilst on site

·       for key stage 2, 3, 4 and 5, the seating plan for all lessons, and (where relevant) the timetable, for the person who has tested positive. This will help to support identification of close contacts with that person

·       for key stage 2, 3, 4 and 5, if the person who has tested positive is a member of staff, records of any instance of close contact with other members of staff or students

·       if the person who has tested positive is a pupil, records of any definite face to face contact with the individual and details of their friendship group within the setting

(added on 23rd September)

You should continue to inform your local authority of a positive case in your setting.

New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today

From today, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace. This law has been introduced to ensure compliance with self-isolation rules and to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Employers who force or allow staff to come to work who they know should be self-isolating will also be liable for fines of up to £10,000. (added on 28th September)


PPE Orders - Nottingham City Council has launched an online PPE order form which replaces the manual forms that we asked settings to send to the covidarrangements@ e-mail address.

From 18th June, all orders should be submitted online.

The new process is quick and easy. You will be kept up to date about the progress of your order and collection time by email. The form also has helpful links to the latest PPE summary guidance and other resources.

PPE can be requested by any provider who cannot obtain PPE through their normal suppliers.

PPE will be provided when it is indicated in the PPE summary guidance for schools and educational establishments.

For more information and to access the online form, see Ask Lion (added on 18 June)

Handwashing and respiratory hygiene posters - The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces. The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

Updated guidance on supply of personal protective equipment - This update gives information on what to do if settings cannot obtain the necessary PPE equipment.

Information on PPE can be found in the guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings:

Reminder for those providers who have re-opened, or are planning to re –open; early years providers may access Nottingham City Council's corporate PPE procurement route if they are struggling to obtain any due to national shortages. The form is available on our Early Years Website. The need for PPE in settings is discussed on the following Government websites:



The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

The FCA has confirmed measures to ensure that firms provide tailored support for users of certain consumer credit and overdraft products who continue to face payment difficulties due to coronavirus (Covid-19). The guidance will cover users of credit cards and other revolving credit (store card and catalogue credit), personal loans, motor finance, buy-now pay-later (BNPL), rent-to-own (RTO), pawn broking and high-cost short-term credit (HCSTC) products and overdrafts.

The guidance will come into force on 2nd October 2020 (added on 2st October)

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

Yesterday, the Chancellor Rishi outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK (please click on the link above to read more). One of the support measures he announced was a new Job Support Scheme which will be introduced from 1st November to protect jobs in business which are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus. Once more guidance about the scheme is released, and how it will work for the PVI sector, we will share more information with you. (added on 25th September)

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

For those who haven’t yet applied or considered applying – here is a reminder of the Government loan scheme to support businesses who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000.The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.

You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under:

However, If you’ve already received a loan of up to £50,000 under one of these schemes you can transfer it into the Bounce Back Loan scheme. You have until 4 November 2020 to arrange this with your lender.

For further details, click on the link or visit: (added on 23rd September)


The furlough scheme is still in operation, and come to an end on 31st October. If you still have staff who are on furlough you may find it helpful to revisit or access some free advice. Free Furlough Advice For Your Business by clicking here  (added on 23rd September)


Courses and Resources

Foundation Years

A COVID-19 Resources Hub has been developed by NCB in partnership with the DfE and a number of early years organisations and seeks to bring useful, free resources for early years providers and parents together into a single, easily accessible place. NCB invites you to send any suggestions for content to (added on 2nd October)

Free online training offer from I CAN – Supporting SLCN in Early Years Settings

The I CAN website  has free websites and live webinars designed and produced by specialist speech and language therapy advisors. These provide early years practitioners, managers and SENCO’s with an opportunity to consider how best to support children with SLCN. (added on 2nd October)

Read On Nottingham Family Cookbook

Read On Nottingham is creating its own Family Cookbook to be filled with recipes from local people. The book will be published towards the end of the year, hopefully with a section on Toddler Teas, which will promote making healthy snacks and meals for younger children. If you have any recipes or ideas that you would like to contribute please email  You will find more information and a template to download on here (added on 28th September)

The Autism Team are available to follow on social media where they are sharing resources and strategies to support both you in settings but also parents. These can be found using the following links:



Or you can send a direct email to (added on 29 June)

The Learning Support Team also have lots of resources available to support children both at home and in setting and further information can be found on the Ask Lion page.

Or by contacting the team via email (added on 29 June)



Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (added on 22 June)

PACEY - have developed EY smart, this is free, online training offering short, 10 minute courses that can be done on any device, at any timeProviders may find these particularly useful during this time as the training includes issues concerned with attachment, transition and supporting children through trauma. (added on 15 June)

The National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust have put together some Back-to-school tips to support families as they prepare their children to return to school and nursery. This may be something settings and providers would find useful  to share with their families.

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) and external quality assurance providers about changes to apprenticeships due to coronavirus (COVID-19) - This guidance has been updated to include information on which apprentices should be prioritised for face-to-face training from 15 June, and details of the flexibility that enables apprentices to take end-point assessment ahead of receiving their calculated functional skills qualification results (added 4 June)

The updated guidance on the apprenticeship programme - This guidance is aimed at supporting all employers to retain their apprentices and to support assessment providers to continue to deliver services to apprentices where possible. (added on 20 May)

The Skills Toolkit - the government have produced an online learning platform to boost workplace skills. The platform signposts to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses to help build skills. (added on 28 April)

Free online courses and resources for EY Practitioners - For ease of access this list of free online courses and resources has been compiled to support Early years practitioners. Most of the courses are short and/or introductory sessions that can be accessed at home or work. Subjects include Prevent, Mental Health, Anti Bullying, SEND, E Safety, Communication, Digital Skills, Open university and Nottingham university courses. (added on 30 April)



There are no new updates from Ofsted today, however, just a reminder that If Ofsted have previously asked you to post documents to them, please either scan or photograph them and send with your unique reference number (URN) to as there is likely to be delays on incoming post.  (added on 1st October)

Guidance Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update - Ofsted have updated their guidance to add that from the 8th June they will return to doing on-site registration visits for early years and childcare providers. Individuals who have an application that is at the ‘ready for a visit’ stage will soon be contacted by Ofsted.

Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplication - This guidance has been updated to reflect the wider opening of early years settings from 1 June 2020 and to provide clarification on progress checks for children aged 2.

The following section has been updated 5.1 Assessment - progress check at age 2During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we do not expect providers to undertake this check, but providers should look out for any emerging concerns about any child in their care and endeavour to provide or seek additional support if needed. It is expected that the checks will take place as soon as is practical once the child returns to, or joins, the early years setting, including where a child has turned 3 if it is considered appropriate and useful in the provider’s professional judgement and in discussion with the child’s parents/carers. (added on 2 June)


Wellbeing and Leadership

Insight Timer is a meditation site that is free to use. There are guided meditations (including some for children), music to help you to relax, podcasts and courses all aimed at supporting well-being.

Supporting children to talk about feelings and experiences, including what they might know about the coronavirus pandemic has become an even more crucial part of practitioner’s role. The link below will take you to an online picture book aimed at supporting conversations around worries. (added on 26 June)

The Book Trust have also produced a useful list of books that focus on supporting children to explore their worries. The topics covered include reassurance, mindfulness and relaxing. (added on 26 June)

Supporting Children’s Wellbeing - Helping children to understand their own feelings during this time of change, in many cases will be the focus of our teaching and learning practices. The following link provides some useful information to share with teams on how to use playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE) to support children to make sense of and manage their emotions, thoughts and behaviour. PACE are seen as important qualities that are helpful when creating emotional safety and when trying to stay open and engaged. (added on 23 June)

How to Approach Separation Anxiety as we reopen child care and 9 Ideas for an Easier Transition 

As we begin to welcome more families back, we will start to gain a better understanding of the different ways children have experienced the last few months, and the range of behaviours that this may present. Considering separation anxiety and attachment theory may provide a useful lens through which to plan some of the support and considerations our children and families may need. How to Approach Separation Anxiety as we reopen child care and 9 Ideas for an Easier Transition are both useful articles that help provide an insight into how children may be feeling, how our responses can help, as well as some practical ideas that staff teams can implement straight away. Both articles can be accessed by following the links below. (added on 22 June)

How to Be a Better Leader Under Lockdown - Leading in uncertain and ever changing times can be a real challenge. Communicating confidently and sharing new ways of working, with clear structure and expectations, can support staff teams and families to feel safe and secure. Being clear about the priorities of safety and wellbeing as well as listening to the concerns, ideas and solutions from the workforce can support leaders in driving practice forward with clarity. With this in mind, How to Be a Better Leader Under Lockdown looks at some of the issues faced when leading a team through difficult and challenging circumstances and although we are now beginning to emerge from lockdown the article provides some useful points for reflection and some practical suggestions. (added on 22 June)

The Anna Freud National Centre For Children and Families have produced a useful guide to support the sector during these times. The document ‘How can early years workers help children manage the transition back to nursery?’ is  a useful tool in supporting  the early years workforce to consider how children’s  experiences over the past months will have affected them, and what impact this may have on their transition back into childcare.  It considers some of the challenges faced by babies and young children during the Coronavirus crisis and the significant changes that they will have faced. The document unpicks dome of the feelings and emotions children will have experienced and how this may affect their behaviour, it goes on to suggest useful actions and ideas that may support families and young children during this time of transition. (added on 19 June)

MindAs we begin to move into the next phase of COVID -19, this may be a timely moment to reflect on wellbeing, our own, that of our teams and the children and families we care for. Mind, a mental health charity, have set out 5 ways to wellbeing which you, your teams and families may find useful. (added on 19 June)

Guidance supporting wellbeingThis guidance was first published 5th May and has been updated to include case studies to support staying in contact with and identifying staff who need additional support. This is the link to the guidance in full: (added on 19 June)



Early Years Safeguarding Children Training - The Early Years team are developing online SGC Refresher training which will be suitable for NEW DSLs to attend. Full ‘top up’ DSL training will be available shortly. To keep yourself up to date please access our DSL Resources page on the Early years website, this week we have added CGL Jigsaws first video clip in the series ‘Hidden from Harm’ and June dates for Equation Domestic Abuse Webinars. Early Years DSL Resources (added 4 June)

Guidance and information for Designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) - The DfE guidance states that it is expected that a trained DSL will be available on site as children return and all staff have access to a trained DSL. If it is not possible for the DSL to be on site the guidance gives alternative scenarios.

DSL Training:  The guidance states: ‘For the period coronavirus measures are in place, a DSL (or deputy) who has been trained will continue to be classed as a trained DSL (or deputy) even if they miss their refresher training…... DSLs should continue to do what they reasonably can to keep up to date with safeguarding developments’ (added on 4 June)

The DSL resources webpage has been updated with the following:

  • NSPCC Nottingham Services available during COVID-19
  • NSPCC Nottingham Service Centre Generic Referral Form
  • NSPCC –In Ctrl leaflet. In Ctrl is a group work programme that aims to prevent online child sexual abuse. The service has been adapted to support families during Covid 19 pandemic. Support can now be accessed on a one to one basis. The In Ctrl service is for children aged 9 upward, but might be relevant for siblings of families you attend your provision or that you are in contact with.  

Guidance on safeguarding in education and childcare settings during the coronavirus outbreak - This document was first published on the 27th March and has been updated to include further guidance on what settings should be thinking about as they plan for more children to return from week commencing 1 June.

This includes advice on:

  • Updating the child protection policy  to reflect the return of more children from 1 June 
  • Designated safeguarding lead arrangements
  • Protecting vulnerable children
  • Mental health support for children and young people which  links to the guidance on mental health and behaviour in school

 The guidance can be found here: (added on 20 May)

Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership – April 2020 (27th April)

Please Click link above for a letter from the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership. It contains details of the interim arrangements that are being put in place  by the partnership during the current COVID -19 outbreak . A copy has also been sent to DSL’s from Karen Shead

Safeguarding Briefing  safeguarding briefing from Karen Shead, which details what settings (both closed and open) need to be aware of with regards to their safeguarding responsibilities

Safe and Well Log  this has been produced to support settings maintain and log contact with their vulnerable families; it can be adapted by settings to help their processes. This does not need to be returned to the Local Authority but can be used to support good practice, tracking those vulnerable children who are not attending.

Lullaby Trust - updates on safer sleep, support and guidance for parents and professionals

Vulnerable children and young people updated 1/4/2020 from 27/3/2020

Stay at home support for victims of domestic violence updated on 15 April at 15:30



This is just a reminder that the Educational Psychology Team are offering free staff supervisions with individual members of staff or small groups, to explore issues relating to pupils, families or the wider setting system, please see the attached for further information. These may be particularly useful at this time, when staff are faced with unfamiliar situations and changing circumstances. These staff supervisions would be in addition to any other supervisions that you are currently conducting. (added on 12 June)

Support from the Education Psychology Service: Coronavirus-Related Critical Incidents (added on 29 April)

The coronavirus pandemic is having an impact on all of our settings, families, communities and way of life. On the link you will find a document that outlines key points for settings to consider where there is a bereavement of a member of the setting community i.e. a child, a child’s family member, or a member of setting staff.

Support from Nottingham City Educational Psychology Service (added on 28 April)

The team are offering free staff supervisions with individual members of staff or small groups, to explore issues relating to pupils, families or the wider setting system, please click link for more information.

These staff supervisions would be in addition to any other supervisions that you are currently conducting.

How is Nottingham City Educational Psychology Service supporting settings, parents, children and young people during the Coronavirus Outbreak?  

Educational Psychology support for settings and staff during the Coronavirus Outbreak  

Information to support children and young people during the Coronavirus Outbreak  

Information for parents during the Coronavirus Outbreak 


Important Information

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