Coronavirus (Covid-19): latest information and advice (08.04.20)

Coronavirus (Covid-19): latest information and advice

In  response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Early Years Wales will be keeping its members up-to-date with information to keep our members and the early years sector up to date with the latest information about the situation in Wales and the UK following guidance guidance for the public on the risk from Coronavirus on the government’s website.

Please keep checking this post for updates, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages:

Facebook: Early Years Wales

Twitter: @EarlyWales

08.04.20 update

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) have created a key worker template for members to amend, in case they are questioned by the police on their travel to work.

This letter should be accompanied with a form of ID – this could include a driving licence or a staff ID card.

Download and edit the template here: NDNA Keyworker Letter template



Please notify Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) if your setting has closed due to Covid19. 

This is important as CIW will use this information to monitor the impact of the pandemic, but will also help parents and carers of vulnerable children or key workers to find childcare.

Complete this online here:


07.04.20 update

Yesterday, the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care, Julie Morgan announced that for a temporary period critical workers in Wales would be entitled to free childcare.

More detailed guidance for parents and providers is outlined on the following link;

For providers, this includes the following topics:

Email communication issued from Early Years Wales to all members this morning regarding this announcement.

If you haven’t received this email or as a member need to discuss this in more detail or have any questions please email us at identifying where your provision is based and our regional teams will get back to you. 


How do I access childcare as a critical worker in my local authority?

In addition to yesterdays announcement the Cwlwm partners are working closely with Local Authorities in Wales through the Family Information Services (FIS) to support the sector and help them to promote childcare availability and processes for families of children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

Please find below links to a table by Local Authority to support families in finding childcare where they are critical workers or have vulnerable children. Many childcare settings in Wales are providing a service and have availability. We will continue to update this guidance as further information is received.

06.04.20 update



The Welsh Government has published the following link on its website signposting childcare providers to sources of potential one-off grants and other financial support that might be applicable to you during coronavirus:

Cwlwm have outlined many of this potential funding sources in the attached document. We advise providers to check the above link often as it is updated regularly.

Grants PDF

Grantiau PDF

Did you receive your e-bulletin from CIW on Friday 3rd April?

It contains an important update on how you can use CIW Online to inform the inspectorate of a settings closure.

To read the bulletin in full click here:

Alternatively visit the dedicated coronavirus information area on the CIW website which can be viewed directly from here:

Business Wales have launched a brand new series of webinars providing advice to SMEs across the country affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. For more info and to book onto these free events visit:

02.04.20 update

We know that the outbreak of Covid-19 is forcing a lot of providers to carefully manage their expenses & insurance is one them. Before you do though, the Cwlwm partnership have put together a few important points to consider.

Find out more here


31.03.20 update

Email communication issued from Early Years Wales to all members on 31.03.20 with the latest  Business Support information for the sector.

If you haven’t received this email please drop us an email at 

Cwlwm issue latest sector specific business advice for employers. View document here

Towergate Insurance share some business and legal advice, including support guidance for the self-employed and a COVID19 Hub for legal information:


Download PDF here or visit:

 This is a central resource and includes relevant information, guidance and support available on this fast-moving subject.

 It also provides clients with free access to the Ellis Whittam Coronavirus hub for Health & Safety and Employment Law at


Download PDF here


Download PDF here

30.03.20 update

NSPCC have provided advice on how you can support and talk to children & young people who are anxious about coronavirus (COVID-19):


27.03.20 update

Julie Morgan AM Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services has an important message for all children and young people during this confusing time – whether currently at home or in a care setting:

📺 Julie Morgan AM Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services – message to children and young people (27.03.20)

The link to the Children’s Commissioner for Wales Information Hub for Families and Children as discussed in the message can be found here:

————————————————————————- have published information on how to claim for wage costs through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:


Email communication issued from Early Years Wales to all members on 27.03.20 with information on Business Support Schemes that can help providers in Wales.

If you haven’t received this email please drop us an email at or download a copy here 


26.03.20 update

Today Welsh Government have published information on the support available for childcare providers during the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the full update below:


Arweiniad i Leoliadau Gofal Plant – Covid-19 | Guidance for childcare settings – Covid-19

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cyhoeddi’r arweiniad diweddaraf ar Coronafeirws a Lleoliadau Gofal plant ynghyd â’r cwestiynau cyffredin diweddaraf ar:

Welsh Government have published the latest guidance on Coronavirus and Childcare settings with the latest frequently asked questions (FAQs) at:


The Cwlwm partnership have put together a summary of the pertinent points, please download the PDF document below

Download PDF


Reminder from Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW):

Childcare & play providers must inform CIW if they are closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This should be done by logging on CIW Online and making a notification. CIW have now added options relating to COVID-19 closures to the notifications drop-down menu and providers should choose one of these.

Any queries with this, please contact CIW directly:


Email communication issued from Early Years Wales to all members on 26.03.20 with information from uCheck on DBS checking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you haven’t received this email please drop us an email at

—————————————————————— have provided guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme. This scheme applies to:

  • businesses
  • charities
  • recruitment agencies (agency workers paid through PAYE)
  • public authorities

Click here for more info:


25.03.20 update 

Message of thanks from Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education to those working in the sector:


24.03.20 update 

Kirsty Williams Education Minister for Wales provides latest statement on access to schools and childcare settings.

Schools and childcare still open to children of critical workers. The advice has not changed as a result of last night’s decision to further restrict movement, which the First Minister for Wales, along with other UK leaders took with the sole aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Read the full statement here:


23.03.20 update 

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) have put together a dedicated coronavirus webpage which includes FAQs for childcare and play providers:


5 things you need to know before sending your children to school or childcare during the coronavirus pandemic:


Unsure what is classed as a ‘critical worker’ in the COVID-19 response?

This flow chart may help…


21.03.20 update

Update on Welsh Government website: advice for parents and childcare providers during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Information includes FAQ’s on financial support, closures and definitions of key workers.

Keep an eye on this page for updates (last updated 21/03/2020):


20.03.10 update

Email communication issued from Early Years Wales to all members on 20.03.20 with the latest Government guidance, as well as important information regarding your membership renewal for 2020/21.

If you haven’t received this email please drop us an email at


The Welsh Government announced a package of support worth more than £200m for small businesses to help them during the coronavirus outbreak.

Retail, leisure, hospitality and other small businesses can get support to help during the disturbance caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). They are also currently exploring what further support they can provide.

More information on the grants and loans for businesses to help during the disruption can be found on the Welsh Government website here (last updated 20/03/30):


The following letter has been sent this afternoon to Welsh Government from the CWLWM partnership – Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids Clubs, Early Years Wales, Mudiad Meithrin, NDNA Cymru & Pacey Cymru – in response to the packet of measures announced today to protect workers in the form of direct financial “business support”:


The Cwlwm partnership is collecting information, on behalf of Welsh Government, to identify Childcare Practitioners from Childcare Settings which cannot operate, who would potentially be willing to join a bank of staff that may be deployed to work in Childcare Settings elsewhere.

Cwlwm appreciate that these are unprecedented and uncertain times for the Childcare sector and its workforce. The current advice and guidance on Covid-19 is ever changing, so whilst we collect this information in good faith at the time of publication it may not be required. I hope that you will appreciate this and will complete the survey under these assumptions.

If interested, please submit a short expression of interest so that we may supply details to key partners such as Welsh Government, Local Authorities and Care Inspectorate Wales.


Children across the UK will be off school for an indefinite period of time because of coronavirus. Some are likely to be anxious, so how can parents help them cope?

Here are some tips that could help both you and your children through this difficult time:


18.03.20 update

Email communication issued from Early Years Wales to all members with the latest information and guidance as per 17.03.20

If you haven’t received this email please drop us an email at or call us on 029 2045 1242


Welsh Government have announced that the Childcare Offer for Wales payments will continue even if children do not attend due to coronavirus isolation. Funding will also continue where staffing numbers fall to a level that the setting is no longer safe to operate. More info on this statement here:


Kirsty Williams has announced that schools will close from Friday 20th March At this point this does not extend to childcare and childcare settings should remain open unless there is a medical reason for closure. Please check CIW for a formal announcement on childcare provision and funding arrangements.


This link contains Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance from Doctors of the World in 20 languages:


17.03.20 update

Have you seen these resources designed to help adults talk to children about the coronavirus and how we can help our neighbours who may be self-isolating:

Child friendly explanation of coronavirus


UNICEF: How to talk to your child about Coronovirus

One for parents and primary carers 

One for teachers


ViralKindness card


16.03.20 update

Email communication issued from Early Years Wales to all members with the latest information and guidance as per 16.03.20

If you haven’t received this email please drop us an email at or call us on 029 2045 1242


13.03.20 update

Email received from Welsh Government and includes updates for childcare, schools, FE, HE, and Work Based Learning on 12.03.20

The Welsh Government is working closely with the other UK nations to ensure a consistent, public health-led approach to the Coronavirus situation. At the COBRA meeting today, all four Governments agreed to move from containment to delay.

The Chief Medical Officers’ advice is clear; that schools, colleges and childcare settings, should not be closed at this stage. These decisions are based on the latest scientific evidence.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised schools, colleges and universities against international travel, including school trips overseas.

Advice and guidance to educational settings will be updated to reflect revised advice.

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