Coronavirus guidance on reopening early learning and childcare services

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for the safe re-opening of early learning and childcare (ELC) providers in the local authority, private and third sectors in Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

ELC providers should use this guidance to plan the re-opening of ELC settings or review the delivery of services in settings that are already open to ensure they are operating in a manner consistent with wider efforts to control the transmission of the virus and protect the health of children, their families and ELC staff.

The guidance is designed to support the safe reopening of these setting, and ongoing delivery of ELC during Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map through the pandemic.

Topics covered include:

  • Risk assessment and support for specific groups
  • Communication
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Limiting children's contacts
  • Outdoor spaces
  • Physical distancing between adults
  • Settling-in
  • Movement in settings
  • Evacuation procedures/sharing premises
  • Blended placements/provision of meals and snacks
  • Applying the guidance/capacity/opening hours
  • Financial impact/allocation of places
  • Workforce support
  • Other useful guidance and resources

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

All providers of registered day care or children’s services in Scotland, including nurseries, playgroups, family centres and crèches who provide care to children under primary school age.

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

This guidance supersedes the guidance issued on 15 June 2020, and comes into effect from 10 August 2020.

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.

This guidance is not exhaustive, and providers must continue to operate within the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure the health and wellbeing of children and parents while they are using their service.

Next steps

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

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