Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) local restrictions in education and childcare settings

How settings can prepare for restrictions to help contain community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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This document applies to:

  • early years providers
  • schools (including independent schools) and alternative provision
  • 16 to 19 academies
  • further education providers (FE)
  • higher education providers (HE)
  • breakfast clubs and after-school clubs
  • holiday clubs and other out-of-school settings

The contingency framework describes the principles of managing local outbreaks of COVID-19 in education and childcare settings. It covers all types of measures that settings should be prepared for.

All education and childcare settings should have outbreak management plans outlining how they would operate if any of the measures described within the contingency framework were recommended in their area for any reason.

Published 27 November 2020
Last updated 25 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. We have converted the guidance to HTML to make it easier to read.

  2. This guidance has been updated to reference enhanced response areas and information on the principles of managing local outbreaks including the types of measures that settings should be prepared for, who can recommend the measures, when measures should be lifted and how decisions are made.

  3. Converted guidance from PDF to HTML. We have not changed any of the guidance from the update on 13 May 2021.

  4. This guidance has been updated with further information on testing and face covering measures.

  5. First published.