Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

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COVID-19 Advice for Settings

COVID-19 Advice for Settings

Settings, including childminders are no longer required to notify Ofsted of any COVID-19 cases in the setting.

We no longer need you to notify the Early Years Service or your key contact, if you have COVID cases or staff absences in your setting, unless you would like support or you need to close a room or restrict numbers in any way.

It remains a legal requirement under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework to report cases of serious illness. You should notify Ofsted as soon as practical, and in any case within 14 days of a notifiable event happening. For information about what is classed as a notifiable event or serious incident and what to tell Ofsted, please refer to the guidance on reporting a serious childcare incident.

Staff and students/children in all mainstream education settings (including PVI and maintained nurseries) are no longer advised to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing. You will no longer need to distribute test kits to your staff for regular testing Testing in Education Settings document sharing platform.

If you have any further questions please email your named Key Contact or email; earlyyears@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 

Self Isolating

The Government have removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test.

Children and young people aged 18 years and under who have a positive test result

It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults. Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.


You may need to resume regular testing in the event of an outbreak within your setting but should only do so following advice and agreement with a Director of Public Health or local Health Protection Team. Further information regarding this is in the contingency framework. If you are experiencing an outbreak you should agree what measures you are taking with your Director of Public Health or local Health Protection Team before placing any orders. They will help your setting to decide who should test, how frequently and for how long. Settings should keep a record of discussions with local authority / health contacts, and be ready to provide information about the additional testing measures that have been agreed.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Settings can call the DfE if you cannot find the information you need online, if you work in a school, you will need your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) when you contact DfE.

DfE coronavirus helpline
Telephone: 0800 046 8687
Available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

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