Personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance for early years providers

08 Jun 2020

We have had a number of queries recently regarding PPE, please see the most recent government guidance below with links to access further information and online suppliers.

The majority of staff in education settings will not require PPE beyond what they would normally need for their work, even if they are not always able to maintain a distance of 2 metres from others. PPE is only needed in a very small number of cases including:

  • Children, young people and students whose care routinely already involves the use of PPE due to their intimate care needs should continue to receive their care in the same way
  • If a child, young person or other learner becomes unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while in their setting and needs direct personal care until they can return home. A fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained
  • If contact with the child or young person is necessary, then disposable gloves, a disposable apron and a fluid-resistant surgical face mask should be worn by the supervising adult. If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of splashing to the eyes, for example from coughing, spitting, or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn

Please follow the links to government guidance:

Early years providers will need to source and purchase their own PPE but should only need their usual supplies for day to day use and a small amount of the following items for situations where a child maybe taken ill while in their care.

  • Fluid resistant-surgical mask
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable aprons
  • Eye protection.

EGFL includes guidance on the donning, doffing and disposal of PPE, further government guidance and a list of suppliers.

You can also use the following link to register with amazon and purchase PPE through their online service.

In exceptional circumstances where you are having difficulties sourcing appropriate PPE please contact the Local Authority, Family Information Service (FIS) by emailing:

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Last updated: 09 Jun 2020

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