Schools, nurseries and families

Major changes saw schools close at the end of the school day on Friday 20 March for the foreseeable future.

The government has 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).

For keyworkers, this applies when all parents are key workers. In a two parent family, if one adult is not a key worker then they must care for the child(ren) while the other parent works.

Children should stay home from school if at all possible. 

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

Arrangements are now in place for schools to provide childcare for the children eligible to attend. Information is being sent directly from the schools to their families. 

Childcare for critical workers

Childcare is available for critical workers. A list of early years settings which are open is updated daily and can be found on the Family Services Directory.

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.

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