EY COVID-19 Urgent request for information

Email dated   19.3.20

Dear Colleagues,

Following last night’s announcement on school and early years provider closures, the LA is working through the logistics underpinning this guidance and how we can support providers from all sectors in these challenging times.

Please follow the link to the latest information, from the DfE,  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-colleges-and-early-years-settings-to-close

The guidance outlines the expectations from schools and early years providers, including nurseries, private schools and sixth forms, to formally close from the end of the day on Friday, but ensure there is provision in place for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Please can you complete and return the following table to provide updated information regarding the numbers of vulnerable and key worker children you currently offer childcare to. You’ll note this also requests information regarding your current status in relation to your capacity to remain open to meet the needs of these children and families. Please note definitions below when completing the table.

Name of Early Years Provider

Number of SEND children

Number of Vulnerable children

Number of children whose parent is a key worker

Please detail free of charge food provided during the day (breakfast/snack/lunch/tea)

Provider Status – capacity/plans to remain open to provide childcare for identified groups











  • Child with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Child going through the process of an EHCP
  • Child allocated funding from the Early Years SEN Panel



  • Child involved with a Social Worker – i.e. has a Child Protection Plan, a Child in Care or a Child in Need
  • Child deemed by early years provider as Cause for Concern


Key Worker:

  • NHS staff
  • Emergency services
  • Education and childcare staff providing cover for priority children
  • Supermarket delivery drivers


Please complete and return to sender ( askcyps@bristol.gov.uk)  at you very earliest opportunity.

We will be in touch again shortly with further information.

With best wishes,

The Early Years’ Service


Deborah Brown - (General Enquries)
Dawn Butler - (General Enquiries)
Nicola Theobald - (General and Nursery School Enquiries)