Coronavirus advice on physical distancing in early learning and childcare - ELC - settings

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues has published advice on physical distancing in early learning and childcare (ELC) settings during the pandemic.

It provides guidance on physical distancing between young children, between young children and adults, and between adults in ELC settings in Scotland.

The document also outlines additional measures that should be put in place to keep children and staff safe while still supporting children’s learning and welfare needs. This includes current recommendations on hygiene, face coverings and outdoor activities, among other topics.

The advice is firmly based on an evaluation that risks are outweighed by the benefits to young children. However, the overall objective is to continue to push incidence and prevalence down across Scotland and for ELC settings to function as normally and fully as possible under the circumstances.

Flexibility is necessary within local areas to make the best decisions based on local data on community transmission.

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Anyone who operates or works in early learning and childcare (ELC) settings in Scotland.

Important information

This advice will be reviewed regularly and revised based on new evidence if necessary. Please check back to ensure you are using the most current version of the recommendations.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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