Last updated on 15th May, 2020

| Updated Guidance for Early Years |

The DfE has also updated its previous guidance for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The updated guidance includes a new section clarifying the position on welcoming back all children to early years settings from 1 June, information on when childminders can reopen to more children, and what provision they can currently provide, information on testing for essential workers, and information for parents on temporary changes to the 30 hours free early education entitlements.

The updated guidance for early years providers is available here:

Overview of scientific information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

More information on the scientific evidence for allowing early years settings to re-open. 
Note: Applies to England.

The overview of scientific information is available here:

14th May 2020

The DfE has published more detailed guidance for early years providers and schools about reopening from 1 June. It is important to note that this date is provisional, and dependent on scientific evidence. Nurseries and other early years providers, including childminders are expected to welcome back all children, regardless of whether or not their parents are key workers.

The DfE has confirmed that the 1 June date applies to childminders as well as nurseries and pre-schools, despite earlier government guidance wrongly stating that childminders could open from 13 May.

The full guidance for providers is available here:

The government has also published guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings:

11th May 2020

The UK government has just published its Covid-19 recovery strategy below. We are expecting further guidance from the DfE today and will share this as soon as it is available.

The document outlines "a phased return for early years settings and schools" from 1 June. "Government expects children to be able to return to early years settings, and for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to be back in school in smaller sizes, from this point. This aims to ensure that the youngest children, and those preparing for the transition to secondary school, have maximum time with their teachers."
"The Department of Education will engage closely with schools and early years providers to develop further detail and guidance on how schools should facilitate this."
Additionally, from the 13 May: "paid childcare for example nannies and childminders, can take place subject to being able to meet the public health principles in Annex A, because these are roles where working from home is not possible."

The full document can be found here: