Early Years Update 31st July 2020

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Weekly update for EYFS providers.

Dear Colleagues,

Any requests or areas that you feel you would like further help, support or guidance with, please email the team at: startwellbookings@bolton.gov.uk.



Items included in this email:

  1. North-West of England: local restrictions – what you can and cannot do
  2. Bolton COVID-19 Public Health update for Education this week’s data in Bolton
  3. Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak updated 27.07.20
  4. Open Letter for EY Providers from the Competition and Markets Authority
  5. COVID-19 Early Education DfE Return for Bolton Providers



1. North-West of England: local restrictions – what you can and cannot do

Guidance was published on the 31st July 2020 with new restrictions in place if you live, work or travel in the North-West area and other affected areas.


There has been further clarification today from the DfE and Public Health England’s North West office that there are no new restrictions on registered childcare provision – including childminders - being able to operate. Providers in Greater Manchester should continue to refer to the national guidance for early years and childcare providers and operate accordingly.  These are regulated spaces where test and trace procedures can be put in place as needed. However, this is a dynamic situation and further guidance may follow from the Government.


2. Bolton Public Health COVID-19 public health update for Education

The weekly Public Health data and information for all education settings is updated weekly on our website, including the Public Health Update for Education and the Public Health Weekly COVID-19 Note. You can access it here: https://www.boltonstartwell.org.uk/news/article/45/coronavirus-covid-19-useful-information

Questions and further information requests to public health:

If you have any further Public Health questions, please can you email these to: policyandperformance@bolton.gov.uk. Please also let us know any information that you would find useful during the summer holiday period.


3. Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, changes to previous guidance - Updated 27 July 2020

This guidance has been updated as follows:

  • included content from the planning guide for early years and childcare settings so that all coronavirus (COVID-19) information for early years settings is in one place - the planning guide has now been removed
  • included an autumn funding update and hyperlink to updated local authority guidance
  • updated information on the validity of paediatric first-aid certificates
  • updated information on wraparound care
  • updated information on managing requests for site visits from parents and carers for admissions in September
  • updated information about data collection changes
  • updated information about reporting to Ofsted when there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in a setting
  • updated information to reflect the removal of the requirement to keep children in small, consistent groups within settings but still minimising mixing where possible
  • updated information to reflect changes in legislation to the 30 hours free entitlement


Please note the Action Card for Early Years Providers https://www.boltonstartwell.org.uk/downloads/file/489/covid-19-action-card-for-ey-positive-case-in-eyc will be updated to include a point that ‘Any confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the setting (either child or staff member), and if the setting is advised to close as a result, should be swiftly reported to Ofsted through the usual notification channels.’

EYFS Disapplications – Paediatric First Aid updated 28.07.20

This has been updated to reflect the extension of the validity of current PFA certificates.

If PFA certificate requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, or by complying with related Government advice, the validity of current certificates can be extended to 25 November 2020 at the latest. This applies to certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020.



4. Open letter for EY Providers from the Competition and Markets Authority

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will not be taking any action against the early years sector, following an investigation into providers' response to the coronavirus pandemic. The CMA is asking providers to consider their contracts and arrangements with consumers and take any necessary steps to ensure they comply with the law. The open letter to the sector is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cma-open-letter-to-the-early-years-sector


5. COVID-19 Early Education DfE Return for Bolton Providers

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that this will continue until the end of September. They 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 wider provision for children and young people.  

To make sure we accurately represent the early education and childcare market and challenges in Bolton, please can providers complete this data return on a weekly basis 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: families@bolton.gov.uk.

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.


Updated guidance

The DfE have published the following detailed guidance to support schools and colleges to fully reopen in September and early years and childcare providers from 20 July:


Useful links


Best wishes from your colleagues at

Bolton Start Well Service


startwellbookings@bolton.gov.uk T: 01204 338149 W: boltonstartwell.org.uk  |   www.bolton.gov.uk



Published: 31st July 2020