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Dear Colleagues

I hope all is well with you and your children, and you are rested after the summer break.

As you begin to welcome children back into your provision, I hope that the information in this edition of the EYE will be  be useful and supportive.


Best wishes


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Message from Mac Heath

A letter to schools and early years settings

We’ve reached September and our first full week of term.  However, despite us heading towards something resembling normality, the difference between the start of this academic year and that of 2019 is notable.  I want to welcome you all back and remind you that you have our full support with the critical work you do for our children and young people.

I have written a short letter to colleagues in our primary schools and early years settings.  Please see below for a link to view the relevant letter.

Letter to primary schools

Letter to early years settings


Thank you

Dr Mac Heath

Director of Children’s Services

Milton Keynes Council


Government update

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What to do if a pupil is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have published a list of actions that early years, schools and further education colleges must follow in the event that a child or young person displays symptoms or if they confirm they have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The action lists are sector specific and print friendly. They can be accessed using these links:

•        action list for schools

•        action list for early years and childcare providers

If anyone in your early years setting, school or college confirms to you a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19), you should notify your local health protection team immediately. The health protection team will work with you to carry out a rapid risk assessment and identify the appropriate next steps.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre has also published Action Cards to provide the latest instructions for anyone responsible for businesses or organisations on how to identify, report and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This includes action cards for the education sector, with more detail about what information your local health protection team may ask you.


Finance and Funding EY Providers

Permanent extension of 2 year old free early education entitlements eligibility to Section 17 NRPF children

From the 1st of September 2020, The Department for Education will permanently extend 2 year old entitlements eligibility to include children assessed as being vulnerable and meeting the definition in Section 17 (s17) of the Children Act 1989 and who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).

Children meeting this criteria will be eligible to access an early years place, therefore, Early Years providers may have parents enquiring or seeking a childcare place under this new criteria.


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) guidance

A new document on FGM has been produced by the Government.


Keeping Safe in Education

The Department for Education have produced an updated version of Keeping Safe in Education with effect from 1 September 2020.


Public Health England

Public Health England have produced a Covid-19 early outbreak management poster on how to manage a possible Coronavirus outbreak.


Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Development Matters

The Department for Education (DfE) has today published Development Matters, new non-statutory curriculum guidance which supports the delivery of the revised early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework.


Promoting the importance of children’s mental health

The Parent Infant Foundation have produced a useful infographic on the importance of supporting children’s mental health.  This resource is especially useful as children are returning to childcare settings after a long absence.


Supporting children’s social and emotional learning

The East London Research School have produced an informative video clip on the importance of key persons’, who are key to supporting children’s emotional wellbeing within settings.


Social and emotional learning (SEL) strategies

The Education Endowment Foundation have produced a toolkit to support SEL.  The activities are low cost/free but the outcomes and progress children can make is significant.  This resource will be especially useful as children return after the period of lockdown.


Free communication and language resources

The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) are offering free language resources for practitioners, parents, researchers and policy makers.  These resources support a child’s developing personal, social and emotional development as well as communication and language skills. 


Supporting speech, language and communication

The Communication Trust have a useful poster to help support early identification of speech and communication problems. Their website also has a wealth of information to support providers. It is proven that early identification and intervention improves children’s outcomes and will now be paramount after the affects of lockdown.


Making a story sack

The National Literacy Trust have produced a useful guide for making your own story sacks.  Story sacks easy to make, but stimulate language and develop a love of books which will help support children’s early reading skills.


MKC contacts

Please contact us if you would like any additional colleagues to receive copies of this regular update.

For general schools queries: Sufficiency and Access Team 01908 253338 or email:

EY Enquiries:  01908 254071 or 01908 254509 or email:

Safeguarding: 01908 253169 or 01908 253170

SEND Team enquires, support, advice and information 01908 657 825 or email:

Early Education Funding: 01908 254522


Thank you

Belinda Woodcock

Improvement Partner – Early Years


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