closure for education

The Government has recently released updated information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This will be updated as we have further information available.

Some of the key questions relating to our Easter Active Childcare courses can be found below.

Q: What age groups does this cover?

A: The changes cover children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools.

Q: Will registered childcare providers, schools and colleges be open over Easter holidays for holiday clubs and childcare?

A: Where possible, we would encourage childcare providers, schools and colleges to continue to look after critical workers’ children and vulnerable children throughout the Easter holidays.

Q: I am a critical worker or have a vulnerable child - can you guarantee that my child will attend their usual school or childcare provider?

A: We are expecting the majority of settings to stay open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children so they can continue to attend their usual provider, but we acknowledge this will be impossible for some - such as small rural schools.

Where a setting is unable to stay open, we will work with the local educational authority, regional school commissioners and neighbouring providers to find an alternative setting for their pupils.

The Government have also made the following statement regarding critical workers

"Critical workers include NHS staff, police, farmers and food retail workers, who need to be able to go out to work. In order to continue to offer critical services as part of the country’s ongoing response to the virus, children of workers who form a central part of effort - such as NHS workers, police and delivery drivers - will also continue to attend school, college or childcare provider.

A full list of critical workers and further information is available."

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