Update: 13 July 2020

Brighton & Hove schools and council nurseries started opening more widely for pupils from Monday 15 June. Read the full story in our newsroom

We are now preparing for the end of the summer term and making plans for September. Schools are in touch with families about the details of what is available as the options vary from school to school. 

New Coronavirus resource for SEND families

Families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove have an online Coronavirus information source to tap into.

Local charity Amaze has created a brand new section on its website all about Coronavirus.

There are sections on:

  • education
  • health and wellbeing
  • social care and safety
  • money and essentials, and
  • getting support from Amaze.

There’s also a section just for young people that focuses on their needs and worries.

Children’s Centres

Children’s Centres are closed except for midwifery clinics in some centres.  
The Parent line text based service allows parents to get advice from health visitors in Brighton and Hove.  
Phone: 07507 331 296 - Monday to Friday 9:30am to 3:30pm 
Find more information on children's centres and early years activities

Council Nurseries

All council nurseries are open. Find a list of council nurseries

Information for parents and carers

Go to GOV.UK for the latest information on the closure of educational settings. 

Find information about local services for families and childcare. You can also contact the Family Information Service by email at familyinfo@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Information for children

Download a fact sheet from Public Health England to help children understand what coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to stop the virus from spreading. 

Schools and nurseries 

It is now the end of a school year that has seen major changes to our schools and nurseries. Schools and nurseries closed at the end of the school day on Friday 20 March as part of wide reaching measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The government closed schools to all pupils except the children of critical key workers and also vulnerable children (such as those with a social worker and children with Education Health and Care Plans).

The Government  published guidance on critical workers allowed to access schools or educational settings including nurseries. For months, the government asked parents to keep children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools and nurseries to open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

This requirement also applied to early years, sixth, special schools and further education provision.

During June, many of the restrictions were eased. Early years, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils returned to many schools. Year 10 are also being offered face to face contact and some learning. 

More details of arrangements for September are expected soon. 

Advice to schools in the city on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find the latest Public Health England advice for schools, including posters for use in schools.

Public Health England advice on decontamination for schools.

Exercise for autistic individuals and people with learning disabilities

Special schools

The council's directors for education have met with head teachers from our special schools to look at how best to support the pupils at these schools. Information for the city's special schools is being produced and shared.

We recognise the importance of supporting children and young people at the East and West Complex hubs and the Central Social Emotional Mental Health hub during this challenging time. We have been working closely with PaCC (Parent and Carer Council) and Amaze to develop a range of support and information that will help families with pupils at these schools.

More details of the measures we are looking into as a council are being sent directly to families through their schools and will soon be added on to the Amaze website. 

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

There is a helpline to answer questions about Covid-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday