Is it compulsory for my child to attend their education setting during the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

During the period of national lockdown announced on 4 January for England, education providers, wraparound childcare and other out-of-school activities for children should allow only vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers to attend (recognising that the characteristics of the cohorts in special schools and alternative provision will mean these settings continue to offer face to face provision for all pupils, where appropriate). All other pupils and students should not attend and should learn remotely until February half term. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.

For those that come under the definition of vulnerable children and young people, Government advice is that education settings are expected to allow and strongly encourage to attend in person. Parents/carers of vulnerable children and young people are strongly encouraged to take up the place.

Early years provision should continue to remain open and should continue to allow all children to attend full time or their usual timetable hours. This includes early years registered nurseries and childminders, maintained nursery schools, as well as nursery classes in schools and other pre-reception provision on school sites. For further information on Early Years and Childcare provision during the lockdown please view the Department for Education guidance on the gov.uk website.

The above information is for England only – Education in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland may differ however it is key to discuss the situation with your child’s education setting. Additional information for the nations can be found on the relevant government websites. ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

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