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Coronavirus updates

Impact of COVID-19 on Early Education office opening, training and events

For the foreseeable future, staff will be working from home. 

Please contact us by email as we will not be able to respond directly to phonecalls and will only be checking voicemail periodically.

Publications will not be dispatched during the office closure period.  Orders will be logged and we will send these out once we are able to work from the office to access publications stocks.

We will follow government advice in relation to COVID-19.  We are keeping under review whether events need to be cancelled or postponed or run online on a case-by-case basis.  Any changes will be flagged on our website and registered delegates will be contacted by email.  Please contact us if you have any queries.

Information for settings and schools

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

Other official government sources

Updates on COVID-19

Guidance for educational settings

Announcement of closure schools and settings in England (18 March 2020)

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas

Educational resources from Public Health England - general resources and resources for schools

Latest Department for Education information via Twitter and Facebook

Information for early years providers and schools

Key updates at present include:


We are involved in regular conference calls with the DfE about the situation as it develops, so email Beatrice if you wish us to raise any queries or issues.  



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