Coronavirus (COVID-19) Useful Information

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Government guidance and links to useful information relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for the early years sector.

Please find below a number of links to useful information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for the early years sector.




Early years brokerage service for key workers

Please share this information with parents of vulnerable children or key workers if you are not able to offer them a place.

In Bolton there is a clear system to support parents of vulnerable children or key workers to identify where to access childcare if their usual childcare provider is not currently open.

More information can be found on the council website here:


Data Capture - COVID-19 early education DfE return for Bolton providers

The Department for Education (DfE) have asked local authorities to complete a weekly data return to help inform national early years and childcare policy relating to COVID-19. They are also collecting information from schools to understand who is currently attending school and the wider provision for children and young people.  

To make sure we accurately represent the early education and childcare market and challenges in Bolton, please will providers complete this weekly data return by 12 noon each Wednesday to allow your responses to be collated for the national return.  This will replace the data collection you will have been used to completing over previous weeks.  Changes have been made in line with updated information requests from the DfE.

Link to data capture

If you need any support to complete this, please email:

To help reduce demand on providers we will use this same return to update the records being used by our Brokerage Team, who are supporting parents to find early education and childcare providers.


Government publications

Actions for early years and childcare providers during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Planing guide for early years and childcare settings (published 24th May 2020)

Update to coronavirus symptoms (published 18th May 2020)

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK

Collection of guidance for early years settings

Social distancing guidance

Voucher scheme for schools providing free school meals

Eligibility for government childcare offers protected


Other publications

Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) Autumn 2020 postponed

Foundation Years vodcast: preparing for wider opening of early years settings from 1st June 2020

Foundation Years PowerPoint slide: preparing for wider opening of early years from 1st June 2020

Bolton Council: funding plans for early years provision

Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update

RCPCH when children are unwell - poster


Supporting mental and psychosocial well-being

Beelieve: supporting mental health during and after COVID-19

Early years bereavement guidance and checklist

World Health Organization: mental health considerations

COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Every Mind Matters

Mental Health UK

Safety advice for those at risk of domestic abuse who are self-isolating

Mentally Healthy Schools

Multi-agency Poster - services working together to keep children safe and healthy


DfE coronavirus helpline

For queries about coronavirus (COVID-19), relating to schools and other educational establishments in England, there is a dedicated helpline:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8:00am - 6:00pm (Monday to Friday) and 10:00am - 4:00pm (weekends)


Advice and support for businesses

Guidance from Department for Business, Energy and Indutrial Strategy - Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

Government guidance for self-employed

Find Coronavirus support for your business

COVID-19: support for businesses

Bolton Council Update: business rate reductions

Business Bolton supporting businesses and individuals in Bolton

For specific enquiries relating to business support, Business Bolton can be contacted via email at:

The Business Growth Hub supports businesses across Greater Manchester that have the potential, ambition and commitment to grow, from established and large organisations to small and medium size enterprises.  They have put together a package of support responding to the Covid-19 outbreak, including a series of free downloadable webinars.  To get further information on business support, including access to one of their business advisors and free newsletter, please visit: 


HMRC tax helpline for businesses and self-employed

Phone: 0800 024 1222

Opening hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm (Monday to Friday) excluding bank holidays





Published: 30th June 2020