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Dear Colleagues,

I hope you find the information in this edition of EYE useful. As always, please contact me if you need to.

Best wishes


Belinda Woodcock

Improvement Partner for Early Years

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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



COVID-19 Community Champions

Lots of people have already signed up to be a COVID-19 Community Champion in Milton Keynes.  Being a COVID-19 Community Champion is an easy way to make a practical difference, by sharing the latest information and advice with friends and families.

If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, applications are via email.

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Milton Keynes, please watch our weekly video updates from Council Leader Pete Marland.

Flu vaccinations

We’re encouraging all clinically at risk or vulnerable frontline staff to get vaccinated through the national flu vaccination programme.  This is generally done via the GP.

The flu vaccine is the best way to protect against the circulating flu virus.  It’s important so that staff can protect themselves, family and friends and potentially vulnerable children and young people.  It will also help support the health and resilience of your workforce.

Unfortunately, school staff are not routinely eligible for vaccination through the national flu programme.  For more information and a full list of eligible groups - please see Appendix A of this letter from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England guidance

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) disapplications

The EYFS disapplications ended on 25 September 2020.  Learning & development assessment requirements must now be fully implemented.  There is a two month grace period around the disapplications relating to Paediatric First Aid and Qualifications & Staffing ratios requirements.  These must then be fully met from 25 November 2020.


DfE guidance

Wellbeing for Education Return – book your places!

We shared information about this programme of free support in the last two issues of School update.  We anticipate that all MK schools will want to make use of the high quality support and resources available.

Please book places via MKPDC Online for up to four members of your staff who hold any of the following roles:

•          Mental Health Lead

•          Designated Safeguarding Lead

•          SENCo

•          Pastoral Lead

•          School Nurse/Matron


Useful info

National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust (NLT) has released a range of free online resources to support parents and children during the pandemic.

Words for Life provides parents, children and young people with activities and support to improve language, literacy and communication skills at home.  Parents can sign up to a weekly newsletter containing activities and strategies for developing literacy and wellbeing.

The National Literacy Trust's Virtual School Library, is a free platform for primary schools.  It offers pupils access to free books and activities from popular children's authors.


MKC covid19forschools webpages (and settings)

We’re glad that these webpages continue to be helpful.  Please remember that they contain far more information than we can include here.


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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