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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

Latest news from Early Years


Find out all the latest news from our Early Years team.

New! Online support tool 'Covid-19: Making the bubble model work'

Current Covid-19 guidance for early years settings acknowledges that, unlike older children and adults, children in the early years cannot be expected to remain two metres apart from each other and staff and should instead be cared for in small consistent groups. These groups are now being recognised as 'bubbles'.

With much to be considered, the online support tool 'Covid-19: Making the bubble model work' will help early years leaders shape and resource their bubbles for the safety and well-being of staff, children and their families.

Online support sessions to help guide early years providers planning to re-open

The government announced that from 1 June, nurseries and childminders could begin to welcome back more children. For some providers this means re-opening their doors after a long period of closure. 

A wealth of guidance has subsequently been produced, giving providers much to think about, action and communicate around re-opening safely.

Online support sessions have been developed to help guide nursery providers and childminder's thinking around the logistics of safe planning for re-opening.

These sessions can be found here:

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