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 Healthy Start vitamins and vouchers, Bookstart baby packs and activities you can do while staying safe at home.

Training sessions 

We will be resuming some first aid courses and adult education courses in the Autumn term 2020.

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Support for early learning and childcare at school

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  • There are many different names for this childcare entitlement for working parents. The government often refers to “early learning” but also refers to “30 hours”.

  • We are looking at a combination of the universal entitlement of 570 hours for three and four year olds PLUS the additional 570 hours for working parents.

  • A parent can use these two entitlements in two different settings, for example in your school and/or with a childminder.

  • They can only use their entitlement once. Although the LA will let you know if the parent has used their entitlement elsewhere, you should be prepared to ask.


Communicate extended (30) hours to families in every way possible and across channels, via admissions packs and online, in-person between families and staff, and promotional literature.

Reinforce the message

Reinforce regular communications; include extended (30) hours information in the regular literature sent to parents.

Make sure communication and messages remain well-promoted aligned and consistentacross all communication channels (online and offline and advertising material). Parents schools and staff would better be on the same page at all times

Remember: 30 hours codes are important for school funding throughout the terms 

Identify eligibility changes

In the extended (30) hours literature include information relevant to potential  changes in parents’ working circumstances. This way you’ll help  those that may previously have been ineligible for a code and/or those that may “fall out” of eligibility due to unemployment.


Use suggestive statements such as:

  • We will prioritise full time places based on extended (30) hours eligibility. Applying for an eligibility code will help us to help you.
  • Renewing your eligibility code ensures continuity of better services  provision. (These are just suggestions).


Hold sessions to introduce to and assist parents with the ‘how to’ of the extended (30) hours 

Q&A Sessions

Hold 30 hours Q & A session at events, like open days etc.


Work to deadlines when attaining codes.


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