Early Years and survey partners including PlayBoard, NIDCO and Altram have been working closely with the Departments of Health and Education to support the sector over the Covid-19 period as part of a Childcare Reference Group.

A new Covid Closure Scheme has just opened to support eligible settings who have followed PHA guidelines and are/were required to close between 1 October and 31 December 2021. Application links will be issued by FSNI upon registering a closure with your Trust. 

One additional area that we would like to explore further with both Departments is the impact of maternity policy throughout the pandemic within settings. 

The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and will assist us in providing an overview of issues settings currently face. Please do complete a separate survey if you have multiple settings as this will enable us to process the responses more accurately. 

There is no guarantee of any further funding, but the Reference Group would like to gain further insight into how these guidelines impact upon your ability to operate.  We will then present our findings to both Departments for consideration.  This survey will close on Thursday 25 November at 4:00pm