COVID 19 – Advice for Early Year Providers and families that attend Early Years Settings.

Abington Pre-School and Abington Community out of School Club (GAPS) 16/03/2020

Please read the following Coronavirus update from Department of Education Department for Education
Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase
Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
A new, continuous cough
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The safety of the children and staff is of the utmost importance and it is essential that we all follow the advice being given by the Government and maintain open communication from both the settings and from families.

We will continue to monitor the situation and as soon as we hear of any changes regarding guidelines we will update this website. We will inform you directly if we are notified about any closures.

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to speak to a staff member or telephone 01223 894246 (Annexe land line).

Information from Covid 19 Guidance to Educational Settings Public Health England and Department for Education 

Government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). 11/03/2020

Government coronavirus action plan

Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase – the first phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan.

The coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.

The action plan can be found here:

Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.

Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy

Yesterday, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.

The latest travel guidance can be found here:

Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water

In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Educational resources

Latest Department for Education information:


Early Years and Childcare Information Cambridgeshire County Council

 PO Box OCT 1215. Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP.

 01223 699 880 / 714 739

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

What action you can take
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

NHS information:

NHS Public Information

YouTube Video:

YouTube – Coronavirus information

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