Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures

Guidance for local authorities, early years settings and childminders about childcare provision following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).



This guidance is for Ofsted-registered childcare providers for children of all ages, including:

  • childminders
  • nurseries and wraparound childcare
  • before and after school clubs
  • holiday clubs

This guidance does not cover nannies or au pairs.

We will update this guidance as we have further information available.

DfE coronavirus helpline

If you have a query about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to schools and other educational establishments, and children's social care, in England contact our helpline.

Easter opening hours:
On Good Friday, Saturday 11 April and Easter Monday lines are open from 10am to 4pm.

The helpline is closed on Easter Sunday.

Our standard opening hours will resume on Tuesday 14 April:
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends 10am to 4pm.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Published 24 March 2020
Last updated 1 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to clarify the income support available and the requirements for providing safe, quality care for vulnerable and critical workers’ children.

  2. First published.