Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for Childcare and Early Years

Information for childcare providers and staff

Business and financial support

Useful Guidance on sources of financial support: PACEY

Support for Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Loss of income due to coronavirus

Financial support for businesses: Find out what financial support you can get for your business

Latest information and advice for small business grant the government: Harrow Council website

Guidance from the RSC’s Office for Business Interruption Loan Scheme (BILS)

For HR advice please refer to DfE Coronavirus helpline: Call 0800 046 8687 or email [email protected]

ACAS free employer advice helpline: Call 0800 046 8687 or visit employeradvice.org

Responsibilities to staff when closed

Please adhere to employment regulations and liaise with childcare’s insurance (legal team)
Useful Guidance on Coronavirus – advice for employers and employees – ACAS

Support to pay staff

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.
This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs
  • a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England

Please see the full government guidance

Staff ratios

Paragraph 3.30 of the EYFS states:

‘Exceptionally, and where the quality of care and safety and security of children is maintained, changes to the ratios may be made.’

We consider the extent of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to be an exceptional temporary circumstance in which the staff to child ratios set out in the EYFS can be changed if necessary.  However, childcare providers or schools remain responsible for ensuring the safety and security of children in their care and for their staff.
Ratios for childminders remain maximum of six children under the age of eight years.

Teaching resources for staff

Coronavirus resource centre: Campaign resources from Public Health England

School Zone: help stop germs spreading by using our range of fun lesson plans on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

STC – Signs and Symbols

Support services for Education: Resources for talking to children about COVID-19


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