Consultation with all staff, parents, providers and trade unions on the provision 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 on Education and Children’s Issues 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 must include guidance on the setting’s measures 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 and carers, particularly where there are new routines and procedures that children and families will need to understand and follow. This should reinforce the need for parents/carers to physically distance and wear face covering when dropping off/ collecting children. Settings should also include information risk mitigation measures in information for new families taking up places.