Check out the latest information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).
To minimise disruption to services at this challenging time, the best way to contact the Childcare and Families Information Team is by email. This email address is being actively managed and responses sent as soon as possible: Email: email@example.com The Council has a new webpage dedicated to the Coronavirus or COVID-19.
Worried about returning to your nursery or childminder? Here is some information to help ease your concerns.
The Department for Education has launched a consultation on the School Admissions Code and welcomes your feedback. The consultation is open and will run until 16 October. Improvements to this process will have a positive impact on all children seeking a school place in-year but will be particularly beneficial for the most vulnerable.
Right now, vulnerable children and adults may be particularly isolated, meaning that the family, community and professional networks they usually rely on may be unavailable or hard to access. At the same time, living under the current arrangements may increase the pressures that can contribute to abuse and neglect, or allow it to go unseen. Neighbours, volunteers and professionals can play a vital role in keeping adults and children safe. Safeguarding is everyone's business covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern.
BT is joining forces with the Department for Education (DfE) to help the most in-need children in England with online learning. BT will provide in-need families with six months free access to 5.5 million Wi-fi hotspots around the country. Access will be provided via a BT WiFi voucher-code system and will allow children to access the web on up to three devices at a time, for six months. Local Authorities and Academy Trusts will be invited to request vouchers, working with their schools to identify those children who are most in need.
With fine weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend, the team at Derby Parks are urging people to plan ahead if they’re planning to visit the city’s parks or open spaces this weekend. While Government guidelines have been relaxed to allow park users to spend more time outdoors, including enjoying a picnic or sunbathing, some park facilities remain closed to keep visitors and staff safe.
On the 11th May 2020 the DfE published - Guidance for parents and carers on the opening of schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June. Parents who are looking to access childcare should speak to their current provider to find out what plans they have for reopening or you can contact the Families Information Service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for support to find suitable childcare.
Please visit this new Employment and benefits support site regularly to keep up to date with the latest guidance and messages on sick pay, existing benefit claims, new claims to benefit, self-employment, housing and more.
Mental health support is now available to Derbyshire residents of all ages through a new mental health support line. Call 0300 790 0596 between the hours of 9.00am and midnight, seven days a week.
The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) is a charity working to provide support to families who are financially affected by Covid-19. It provides grants for essential items, for children (0-18yrs) of parents working in related sectors. For example, if the parent carer works has previously worked in a high street fashion retailer, fashion clothing company, a supermarket that sells clothing, carpet store, knitwear, footwear, bridal wear, dry cleaners and many other related roles. A grant from FTCT can pay for essential items that children need. (Grants are considered regardless of whether the parent carer has been furloughed).
Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19. Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.
Childcare settings are now only open to the most vulnerable children and those whose parents' work is critical to the Coronavirus response. If this is you, search this special childcare directory.
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about vulnerable children and young people.
With childcare and education providers closures, we have created a list of Helpful website resources for the under 5s, primary and secondary.
You will have seen the announcements over the past few days about school closures for everyone except children of critical workers and vulnerable children, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The government has now published questions and answers.
Here is the guidance for parents about the closure of childcare settings including childminders.
We have a new webpage dedicated to the Coronavirus or COVID-19
Following the government's announcement of a 'partial closure' of early years providers on Friday, the Department for Education has now published the guidance on 'key workers'. Only one parent is required to be a key worker to be able to access childcare.