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Your Norfolk spring 2020

Supporting schools and early years

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Supporting Norfolk’s 422 schools and academies and more than 900 nurseries, pre-schools and childminders during lockdown has been a huge endeavour for Norfolk County Council’s learning and inclusion team and its early years’ support service. 

Schools and nurseries are all facing a range of challenging and complex issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, in a rapidly changing environment.

Our broad range of support has included helping to ensure vulnerable children and the children of key workers have a school place, advising families on home learning and coordinating school transport. Our education professionals have also made sure all schools and settings have the most up-to-date advice and guidance from the Department for Education and Public Health England.

The council’s other specific support includes:

  • Launching a £1.47m support package to provide financial help to childcare providers
  • Working with schools to monitor the attendance of vulnerable children
  • Working with community hubs to ensure free school meals are provided and assisting with the implementation of the new national voucher scheme
  • Regular online meetings with headteachers

The teams are working intensively with primary schools and early years providers as they get ready to welcome more children back, starting from 1 June.

Despite all these new challenges, some things remained ‘business as usual’ and the council was delighted to ensure that 93.6% of reception-age children can go to their first choice of primary school in September.

Find more information, including the latest education news and updates.

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