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Dear Colleagues,

I hope you find the information in this edition of EYE useful. I hope you find the information in this edition of EYE useful. As always, please contact me if you need advice or guidance regarding EYFS.

Reminder

If you have a confirmed case of Covid - 19, please contact me as the Key Education Contact for settings on 01908 254929 or 075 865 542 79.

If you are unable to contact me, please ring Jenny Bargrove on 01908 254071/254509 or 075 573 135 37.

Please note this arrangement is only in place until 22 December.  This will be reviewed on 4 January 2021.

 

Best wishes

 

Belinda Woodcock

Improvement Partner for Early Years

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Contact tracing over the Christmas holidays

As you will no doubt be aware, the DfE and PHE have asked schools to remain contactable for a 6-day window after the end of term.


Information published for Early Years providers about this was limited. Please see below:


Festive break – advice for early years providers


We know that many nurseries and childminders will continue to operate over the holiday period, providing invaluable support to parents who still require childcare during this time. Private, voluntary and independent providers, and maintained nursery schools can continue to open during the period and should continue to follow the guidance for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


School-based nurseries that only open during term-time should follow the arrangements for their school.


We would be very grateful if Early Years providers could follow the guidance given to schools so that they are contactable for a 6 – day window after the end of term.


This is to support contact tracing where necessary, allowing enough time for a positive case to be identified, confirmed by a test and for contacts in school/setting to be traced and notified.


In reality, the need to extend into 6 days is likely to be minimal since tests are currently readily available and come back quickly.   However, just in case there are any delays in getting a test or receiving a result, the DfE has determined that stating 6 days removes this risk.


Beyond the 6-day window, staff do not need to play a role in contact tracing.


We would therefore be grateful if you could make sure that staff, parents and carers are fully aware of the following arrangements regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the holidays:


  1. If a child develops symptoms within 48 hours of leaving school/setting for Christmas, and a positive test subsequently comes back, parents/carers should report this to school/setting.  This is because there will have been close contact with children and staff in term time.  You will need to follow your normal processes to assist in identifying close contacts and advising members of the affected bubble(s) to self-isolate.  The highest likelihood is that this will happen in the first few days of the school/setting closing.
  2. If the symptoms develop after 48 hours of leaving school/setting for Christmas, and a positive test subsequently comes back, the school/setting should not be contacted. Parents/carers should follow the contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
  3. You are not expected to be on-call all the time during the 6-day window.  The staff responsible for contact tracing may designate a limited time each day to receive notifications of positive cases and to advise close contacts to isolate. This can be done via text or email.

During the 6-day window, please remember to report any confirmed cases using the usual MKC online form.


As a reminder, here is the flowchart and online form.


If you tick the box within the form, MKC Public Health colleagues will be available to support you with any queries you have.  You can also contact them by emailing: Public.Health@bedford.gov.uk.  There is no need to use the form beyond the 6-day window.


The DfE COVID-19 helpline (0800 046 8687) will continue to be available over the Christmas period too.


Department for Education guidance


Guidance to support Early Years providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is available


 


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: sufficiencyandaccess@milton-keynes.gov.uk


EY Enquiries:  01908 254071 or 01908 254509 or email: EYEnquiries@Milton-keynes.gov.uk


Safeguarding: 01908 253169 or 01908 253170


SEND Team enquires, support, advice and information 01908 657 825 or email: Inclusionandinterventionteam@milton-Keynes.gov.uk


Early Education Funding: 01908 254522


 


Please continue to forward this newsletter to relevant colleagues.  You can also contact the Early Years Enquiries if you wish to add any colleagues.


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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