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Managing confirmed cases of COVID-19

The flowchart for schools and settings, that outlines the local process that must be followed for confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 has been updated.

This is aligned to the most recent DfE and public health guidance and we will continue to keep it up to date on your behalf.

We’ve also put together a set of FAQs that link to the flowchart.

As a reminder, please use the MKC online form (embedded within the flowchart) to simultaneously notify Public Health and Education colleagues at Milton Keynes Council of confirmed cases.


COVID-19 ‘Key Education Contact’ for settings

We recognise that you’re continuing to take swift, measured action in relation to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This includes working with health and education colleagues to protect children, staff and families.

However, we also know that when you have confirmed cases, managing and communicating this is taking up a lot of your time.  To support you we’ve established a Key Education Contact for settings.

In the event you have a confirmed case, please get in touch with your key contact as soon as possible.  They will help and support you with information sharing between agencies and signposting to key services.  If it’s necessary to establish an Incident Management Team (IMT) to support you setting, the Key Education Contact will be part of this.

The Key Education Contact for settings is Belinda Woodcock - Improvement Partner for Early Years on 01908 254929

If you are unable to contact Belinda, please contact Early Years Enquiries on 01908 254071 or 254509


Latest DfE guidance – early years

Updated guidance is available for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.



A new, standardised National Referral Form (NRF) has been adopted together with new pathways for reporting Prevent concerns.  These will ensure consistency in the way that any concerns/referrals are considered, gathered, recorded and forwarded.

You contribute hugely to the safeguarding of children and young people, so we hope that this new form and the additional information in the letter from Pip Mair, Regional Prevent Co-Ordinator, is helpful to you.

Please ensure that this message and the links are passed on to your School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) as soon as possible.


MKC services

Wellbeing for Education Return – FREE training (schools)

We shared information about this package in last week’s School update, including the dates of sessions.  More information can be found in this summary document.

You can now book places for up to four members of staff who hold any of the following roles: Mental Health Lead | Designated Safeguarding Lead | SENCo | Pastoral Lead | School Nurse/Matron

The training will be delivered in two parts across two webinars.  The same members of staff need to attend both parts of the training.

Dedicated follow-up support will be offered to participating settings until March 2021. Attendees will be given a summary pack to enable them to share messages and resources with colleagues.

Please book places via MKPDC Online using the keywords ‘wellbeing for education.’


Useful info

Cultural Education Symposium – ‘Arts in the Right Place’

MAKE (the MK Cultural Education Partnership) and the Learning and Training Centre at Shenley Brook End School are hosting ‘Arts in the Right Place’.

It will showcase the ways in which local arts and heritage organisations can support learning across the curriculum.  There will also be contributions from children and young people, showing the value that creativity has added to their education and wider lives.

The online event is on 14 October from 4.30pm – 6.00pm.

Please book places via Eventbrite.


Message from Public Health

Schools in Mind (also useful for settings)

Schools in Mind is a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their care.

Join our free Schools in Mind network today.

For more information visit the website

Thank you

Liz Wilson

Public Health Practitioner - Children and Young People

Public Health – a shared service across Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes


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


Please continue to forward this newsletter to relevant early years colleagues, teams, committees and governors.  By working together and keeping each other well informed, we can reduce anxiety and workload across the MK education system.


Thank you

Belinda Woodcock

Improvement Partner – Early Years


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EYE is a quick way of accessing both local and national news. It is published regularly as early years updates become available and is part of the core offer to schools and providers.

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