What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education.



Information for parents and carers of children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools.

These documents will be updated as we have further information available.

Published 19 March 2020
Last updated 2 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated information on what parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes information on the curriculum, afterschool activities, repeating a year for pupils, transport and keeping children safe online. We have also amended information on if its compulsory to send pupils to educational settings and education for children at home. It also includes updated information for parents of children with special education needs.

  2. Updated guidance about the wider opening of education and childcare settings, including details about opening secondary schools to years 10 and 12 from 15 June and links to guidance on safer travel.

  3. Added information about the bank holiday and half term. Updated information on 30 hours free childcare, transport and SEND.

  4. Added information for parents and carers about the wider opening to nurseries, schools and colleges from 1 June.

  5. Added information about the May bank holiday, a link to the admissions appeals and updates to the support is available to parents to help them educate their children at home.

  6. Updated sections on closures, transport, vulnerable children, critical workers and resources. Removed information about Easter holidays.

  7. Updated information on support for parents, online resources and vulnerable children.

  8. Updated Resources and support and added a new section for Admissions.

  9. Added information about the Easter holidays. Updated information about exams, and resources and support.

  10. Added section on parental support for keeping children safe online.

  11. Added additional questions about closed schools, leaving children unattended and free school meals, and updated the question about exams.

  12. First published.