Early Years Update 31.8.21

From: Ask CYPS <askcyps@bristol.gov.uk>
Sent: 31 August 2021 11:28
Subject: Early Years Update 31.8.21


Dear Colleagues in Early Years settings,

We hope all is well with you and your teams and that you have managed to have a much-deserved break at some point over the summer.

As the new term starts, we wanted to share some key documents and information that has been published over the summer break in case you haven’t yet seen them. 


‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic’ was updated on August 17th. Please see link below:


CO2 monitors.

As you may have heard, it is being suggested that all Early Years Settings will be provided with CO2 monitors to help identify where ventilation needs to be improved and help prevent the spread of COVID. We will be in touch as soon as we know more about how and when these will be delivered to individual settings.

Guidance on side-effects for teething, vaccinations and Covid symptoms in young children. 

The NHS has updated their guidance on baby-teething-symptoms. This guidance confirms that teething may cause a mild fever in children. The guidance for vaccines has not changed and provides advice for parents on how to treat a high temperature after a vaccination.

Vaccines and teething may cause a mild fever in children. This is a common and expected reaction, and self-isolation is not required unless COVID-19 is suspected. Find out more from vaccination tips for parents and baby-teething-symptoms. Parents and carers should monitor side effects from a vaccination or teething, and if they are concerned about their child’s health, they should seek advice from their GP or NHS 111. If COVID-19 is suspected the child should start isolating and get tested.

DfE and NHS flyer

Please find attached a flyer for parents about taking their child to an Early Years Setting. It explains the value of Early Years settings and funding available as well as providing COVID related information and reassurance for parents.


The EYFS reforms become statutory from the 1st September 2021. The Bristol Early Years website is a useful source of information and support for all settings. Planning for the EYFS Reforms | Bristol Early Years

Development Matters

A number of small amendments were made to the revised Development Matters on 29 July. Please note that these are minor changes and if you have already printed the version that was uploaded on 23 July, there is no need to re-print the document.

The changes made on 29 July include:

  • A typo correction on page 19
  • Formatting incorrect line breaks on pages 26, 33, 41 and 78
  • Removal of duplicated text on page 54.


Assessment in the 2021 EYFS

The Bristol Assessment Guidance was updated at the end of last term together with some useful assessment documents for making and recording assessments.


OPAL Training 8th September at 4pm

Free training to support settings considering using the OPAL assessment system is taking place on September 8th at 4pm and 7pm – Zoom details to follow asap.



Ofsted has published myth-busting guidance on the new EYFS and its expectations on the curriculum.




Bristol’s SEND Local Offer is the central place for information about services for children and young people with special educational needs and disability in Bristol.


Best wishes,

The Early Years Team




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