Unless you have Cadets who are really desperate to go direct entry to Silver or Gold I would recommend getting some Bronzes under your belt first.
As has been suggested getting someone on an Intro to DofE Course will be a big help, but you don’t have to wait for that before you can start doing things.
Firstly you need to get someone on the Staff team a Leaders Account, I would recommend getting anyone who’s interested an account it makes life easier.
Secondly you need to get the Cadets registered, should be a simple form, there is a template but your Wing DofE Officer may have tweaked it slightly so check on Wing Sharepoint or with them direct, plus Cadets will need to stump up the realist ration fee. (I think it’s £24 these days but would have to double check).
It being Winter you want to be focusing on the Volunteering, Physical & Skill Sections, technically if you get Cadets started now they can have all 3 of those finished by May. There are shed loads of things they can be doing and anyone (except family members*) can be the assessor. So once they are registered they need to decide what they are doing for those sections and they need to then do it and provide evidence for each section. Remember it’s there award and they can do whatever they want as long as it will tick the required boxes.
You can effectively kick all of that off today if it suits you, no need to wait until you have done your intro course.
For example we have smashed out the non-expedition sections during Lockdown, loads of ours did the Joe Wicked PE session for physical and then one of the staff sighed them off as their assessor for example.
If you want any more details drop me a PM.
*I’m aware that under Covid lots of rules have been varied by I didn’t want to over complicate the post!