Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice: Schools and education
- Support for children and young people
See also: SEND COVID-19 advice
All schools and nurseries across England are closed until further notice.
Some schools will be open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers which include those in health and social care, education and childcare, key public services, local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and national security, transport, utilities, communication and financial services.
Measures will also be taken to provide for children who are in receipt of free school meals (see below).
All group activities and most health services in children’s centres have stopped.
With the exception of Triangle and Woodside Children’s Centre, all children’s centre buildings will be closed until further notice - see the Children's Centres page for more details.
Voucher scheme for kids staying at home
A national voucher scheme has been introduced by the Government that will allow children eligible for free school meals to still access that provision while they stay at home.
While schools are closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), every eligible child can now be provided with a £15 weekly shopping voucher by their school to spend at supermarkets.
Where it’s no longer possible for schools to provide meals for collection or delivery, they can now provide these vouchers to families either electronically or – for those without internet access – as a gift card.
The vouchers can be spent at a range of shops, including Asda, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
- For further information, see the Government’s guidance on free school meals (external link).
Schools in the borough should now be making arrangements to provide these vouchers to eligible children.
However, in the unlikely event that your child is eligible for free school meals and isn’t currently receiving them, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many parents, carers and their children will now need to be at home to stop the spread of coronavirus. The file below includes some useful suggestions for staying emotionally, physically and mentally healthy during this challenging time. We hope this information provides you with helpful ideas you can adopt within the home:
There are a range of online resources and materials to keep your children educated and entertained remotely while they are away from the classroom.
Here’s a few taster samples for starters (note these are all external links and may require registration or be offering paid for services):
- 100 Things To Do Indoors - free eBook
- Audible Stories - the service is currently offering a number of free audiobooks for children
- Quizlet - learning flashcards for school age children
- Twinkl - free learning materials aimed at children aged 3-11
- BBC History for Kids
- Hungry Little Minds
- White Rose
- School of Spurs - download a fun, entertaining and educational resource pack for kids
It’s also really important that you look out for signs if your child isn’t coping with the confinement and social isolation of staying indoors at home. If that’s the case, they and you can get support from the likes of Kooth (external link) and YoungMinds (external link).