Consultation with all staff, parents, providers and trade unions on the reopening of ELC settings should be carefully undertaken when implementing this guidance, to ensure that all those concerned understand the changes that are required and are confident in the revised arrangements. The Advisory Group and sub-group have both emphasised the importance of staff and families being actively engaged in establishing new practices and routines; and of public health (including good hygiene) becoming a core part of ELC processes. Inductions for new staff should include guidance on the setting’s approach to ensuring distancing by adults as well as routines to ensure good infection prevention and control.
National information for parents is available from Parent Club.
Settings will need to communicate any new arrangements to parents in advance of children returning, particularly where there are new routines and procedures that children and families will need to understand and follow.
Additional arrangements for sharing information between staff and families should be agreed to ensure that clear lines of communication are available where face to face contact is being reduced. For example, video messaging, phone calls or text messages, photographs or email. When settings communicate using these additional measures that they must also consider the General Data Protection regulations (GDPR), and consider updating their existing privacy policies where necessary. When face to face communication is preferred and suitable, you must ensure that the physical distancing guidance is adhered to.