Early Years Update 4th May 2021

Email dated 04.05.2021

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you had a relaxing Bank Holiday weekend. Please find a few further updates, including important changes to the ordering of LFD test kits, for your attention below. 

Yours sincerely 

 

Bristol Early Years

 

Change in how to order test kits for Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) Nurseries 

The process for how PVIs obtain testing kits has changed from 29 April. A new online system for re-ordering test kits for testing at home has now been introduced. This means that you will soon be able to re-order test kits and better manage stock levels and deliveries to your nursery.

You will receive a welcome email in the next few days containing your Unique Organisation Number (UON). You can also find your UON at the following link. Your UON will enable you to place ongoing re-orders for test kits via the online ordering system, which can be accessed at the following link.

You can find guidance on how to place an order on the document sharing platform.

As a first step you should use your UON to access the online ordering system, familiarise yourself with the system, and check that your delivery address and contact details are correct.

Planned stock replenishment in w/c 3 May 

You will automatically receive a delivery of test kits on Thursday 6 May, Friday 7 May or Monday 10 May. The delivery that you receive will be the final automatic delivery. After this you will need to place an order to receive further test kits.

This delivery should provide you with sufficient testing kits to last until the end of May. This means you do not need to place an order for testing kits immediately and will have time to familiarise yourself with the new ordering process, so that you can place an order when needed.

Delivery timescales  

When you are ready to place your first order, you will need to consider our delivery timelines. Any order which is placed by Wednesday 5pm will be delivered the following week. Any orders placed after this point will be processed and delivered in the subsequent week. For your first order, you may want to place the order at least three working days before the weekly Wednesday 5pm delivery cut off, to ensure that any initial setup issues can be resolved in good time. The table below summarises the delivery timelines:

Week 1: Order Placed  Week 2: Order received  Week 3: Order received 
Orders placed before Wednesday 5pm Delivery received  
Orders placed after Wednesday 5pm   Delivery received

 

Each delivery you receive will be based on the staff numbers you submit and will provide you with sufficient test kits to test twice weekly for three and a half weeks.

When ordering, please consider your current stock level and your testing demands before placing any order, to ensure that the order you place meets your testing needs.

 

EU Settlement Scheme for staff and families – deadline 30 June

The 30 June deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme is fast approaching. People who are EU nationals and family members of EU nationals need to apply before this date to be able to continue living in the UK.

We believe that many people including children and young adults are not aware that they need to apply for the scheme. Therefore, we ask you to make sure that all your staff are aware so that they can get the information out to their families and young people that are affected by this.

Thousands of eligible adults, children and young people still need to apply but are missing out because their status is not obvious and they may not know they need to apply. Anyone unsure is advised to check. For advice and information please contact a local advice centre:

St Paul’s Advice Centre 0117 9552981

North Bristol Advice Centre 07731 842 763 / 07595 047 278

South Bristol Advice Centre 0117 985 1122

 

Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership – Latest Newsletter

The latest updates from KBSP can be found in the newsletter https://bristolsafeguarding.org/about-us/kbsp-newsletter/april-2021-newsletter/ and attached.

Contacts

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