Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings

How educational and childcare settings should plan for and deal with emergencies, including significant public health incidents and severe weather.

Applies to England



This guidance applies to:

  • early years
  • wraparound childcare and out of school settings
  • children’s social care
  • schools
  • further education
  • higher education
  • special educational needs and disability (SEND) and specialist settings

This guidance does not apply to:

  • nannies or au pairs, as they work in the child’s or children’s family home
Published 1 April 2022
Last updated 26 August 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated Department for Education incident support email address.

  2. Updated DfE incident support helpline hours to Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

  3. Updated guidance for children's social care providers, Critical workers annex and advice to check and register with Ofsted.

  4. First published.