Guidance for Parents with Children and Young People
National lockdown: Stay at Home

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do.

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Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know

Information on local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.

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Tiers of National Restriction for Education and Childcare
In local areas where restrictions have been implemented for certain sectors (from national direction), we anticipate that education and childcare will usually remain fully open to all, with the additional requirement that face coverings should be worn by staff and pupils in schools and colleges, from year 7 and above, outside classrooms when moving around communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained (tier 1 onwards, as below). Being in nursery, school and college is vital for children and young people’s education and wellbeing. It is also important that parents and carers are able to return to work, and having access to childcare will allow that to happen.

There may be exceptional circumstances in which some level of restriction to education or childcare is required in a local area. In those situations, restrictions will be implemented in a phased manner – the key aim being to retain as much face-to-face education and access to childcare as possible. These ‘tiers of restriction’ will ensure that extensive limitations on education and childcare are a last resort, and that priority is given to vulnerable children and children of critical workers for face-to-face provision in all cases.

Where there are no local restrictions in place, education provision should continue to remain fully open to all, and these tiers do not apply.

Actions for Early Years and Childcare Providers During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Home to School Transport Update

Updated information, advice and guidance in relation to the wearing of face coverings on transport.

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Mental Health Apps Library

A mental health app library that are assessed against a range of NHS standards.

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Coronavirus Outbreak FAQs: What you can and can't do

This is national guidance that applies to England only – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 outbreak and where local restrictions have been imposed, different guidance and legislation will apply. Please consult the local restrictions page to see if any restrictions are in place in your area.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

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Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

This guidance applies to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals only. Others living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable are not advised to follow this guidance. They should instead continue to attend work and school in accordance with the general advice and regulations set out in the national restrictions guidance from 5 November.

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Guidance for Parents and Carers of Children Attending Out-of-School Settings During the Coronavirus

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.

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Northern Mental Health Support

The aim of the site is to help any individual or family struggling with issues of social isolation, particularly at present as we all struggle with the coronavirus pandemic.

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What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the co

Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges.

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