This note sets out on behalf of the two Departments guidelines, principles and protocols for
educational course providers and Early Learning and Care providers to follow in respect of student
placements in Early Learning and Care settings in the context of the Covid-19 situation and public
This note has been prepared having regard to public health advice, and following consultations with
representatives of Early Learning and Care providers and of educational course providers.
While the primary concern of this note relates to supervised practice placements in Early Learning
and Care settings for students on courses leading to relevant qualifications, it is applicable to any
situation in which a student might be placed in an Early Learning and Care setting.