Early Years DfE COVID-19 Return 101

Closed 20 May 2020

Opened 18 May 2020


The early years and childcare sector is part of a critical national infrastructure providing care for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children in response to COVID-19.

It is crucial that the government has up-to-date information on what early years and childcare provision exists during the Covid-19 pandemic; which children are accessing it; and any availability or other problems that may be arising.

From Monday 6 April, local authorities have been asked to provide information on the status of the early years and childcare settings in their area. This includes the number of providers currently open and the number of children attending.

We have previously asked you to complete a short survey twice a week, however, we know how busy you all are and want to help reduce any extra work we are asking you to do as much as we possibly can, so you can focus on your children and their families.

With this in mind, we are now reducing this request to once a week. The survey will be open from Monday each week and will close at midnight on Wednesday, giving you longer to record the information on which children are attending your setting during that week. Reminders will be sent out via the broadcast email. 

We recognise that you will already be incredibly busy, and under significant pressure at this time, so thank you in advance for your co-operation with this process and for the information you are able to provide.


  • Adur District
  • Arun District
  • Chichester District
  • Crawley Borough
  • Horsham District
  • Mid Sussex District
  • Worthing Borough


  • Children
  • Community Organisations
  • Childcare Providers


  • Education