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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

What guidance is there for Early Years providers?

Early Years Service information about support and government guidance to the early years sector

Following government guidance, where possible, parents must keep their children at home. Early years and childcare settings are closed except for children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and cannot be safely cared for at home. The West Berkshire Early Years Service is therefore currently prioritising the needs of critical workers' and vulnerable children. The council and our West Berkshire providers are working together to ensure that there are sufficient places are for all of these children. During this time the Early Years Team are also trying to continue supporting families and providers as much as they can. Please contact the team on our usual email: earlyyearsservice@westberks.gov.uk, but please bear in that our responses may be delayed due to the increased workload of the team.

If you are a critical worker looking for childcare or a provider looking for alternatives for your families please contact the team on earlyyearsservice@westberks.gov.uk or you can search for open providers on the West Berkshire Directory.

The government has produced further guidance: