The Department for Education is continuing to request Local Authorities provide them with updates every Thursday regarding open and closed early years settings and the numbers of vulnerable and key worker children accessing those settings. This does not include children in Reception.
To comply with this request we would like you all to complete this Google Form before 12 noon this Thursday. In order to reduce the impact on your workload we are suggesting you only need to update your figures in subsequent weeks (reminders will be sent) if there is a significant change to attendance.
Recording critical worker and vulnerable children’s attendance
DfE are continuing to ask about the number of critical worker children and vulnerable children because in the event of local lockdowns in an area at the highest level of restriction, only those children would be able to access childcare. In those circumstances, they would need a timely overview of the numbers of critical worker children and vulnerable children to help monitor sufficiency effectively. They hope that this will not be too burdensome as settings will already have had to acquire this information for some of their children prior to 1 June; any new children’s parents can be asked if they are critical workers when their child joins the setting, as the setting would need to have this information to hand in the event of a local lockdown. Here is the list of which roles count as critical. If you have any issues with gaining this information for this week please estimate your numbers and update in the future if nessessary.Thank you in advance for this and your continued support,
The Early Years Team