School arrangements during coronavirus
Following the government announcement, your child should only go to school or college if:
- they are vulnerable, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- you are a critical worker.
If your child goes to a special school or attends alternative provision, they can continue to do so. All other children will learn remotely until the February half term. Early years settings including nurseries and pre-schools will remain open.
If you're unsure about the arrangements for your child, contact your child's school in the first instance.
Supporting your child's education during coronavirus
While staying at home due to coronavirus, you may be worried about your children’s development and the effect of missing school.
No one expects you to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school would. You should just do your best to help your child and support their learning, while dealing with other demands.
You can get specific advice on how to help children learn at home on the GOV.UK website if they:
- are aged 2 to 4
- are at primary school
- are at secondary school
- have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Alongside any work your children receive from school, you can try using other educational resources such as the educational programmes to help children learn from the BBC.
Have regular conversations about staying safe online and tell your child to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.
Mental health and wellbeing
The change of routine and staying at home may make this a difficult time for some children. Public Health England has published advice on how to support your children’s wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.
There is also guidance on how to help you look after your own mental health.