Coronavirus, early years and childcare

To prevent the spread of coronavirus and in order to follow government guidelines, families should only attend a Children’s centre if they have been invited to do so.

Childcare during coronavirus

If you are a key worker or you have a vulnerable child, you can apply for childcare 

The department for education has clear information for childcare settings that remain open for key workers and vulnerable children.

Children's centres virtual activities

We have a range of virtual sessions and support around early speech, language and communication. You can join us via zoom or 121 phone calls. We also have information on how you can get your early start vitamins and vouchers, Bookstart baby packs and activities you can do while staying safe at home.

Training sessions cancelled

All early years training, adult education courses and universal children’s centre sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

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Early learning and Childcare information for Schools

Children aged three and four are entitled to government childcare funding. The Council is delighted that head teachers are considering a wider early learning offer. To support this, the IEYS has developed advice covering the areas requested by head teachers and their staff.

Please note that head teachers and governors must decide on the best way of providing early learning places for their school. It is important to carry out effective business planning, including a robust market analysis which considers local childcare provision.