Policy paper

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

Next steps for the phased wider opening of educational and childcare settings.

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This guidance applied to the 2020 summer term. See the latest relevant guidance on full opening for schools, early years and further education.

Applies to England



Latest guidance on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020, including information on:

  • year groups in first phase of wider opening
  • the latest science
  • managing risk and rate of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Published 11 May 2020
Last updated 16 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added information on how primary schools can use flexibility to welcome back additional pupils this term, where they have capacity.

  2. Updated to reflect the announcement by the Prime Minister that the government’s 5 tests have been met and the decision, based on all the evidence, to move forward with wider opening of education and childcare settings.

  3. Added an initial planning framework for schools in England.

  4. First published.