Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.



This is for all staff in:

  • children’s homes, including secure children’s homes
  • residential special schools or colleges
  • fostering services
  • visits to family homes
  • alternative provision
  • early years and childcare settings
  • schools, including special schools
  • further education (FE) settings including general FE education colleges, sixth form colleges and other providers

It includes advice on:

  • minimising contact
  • changes of work practices
  • hand and respiratory hygiene
  • increased cleaning of the environment
  • limiting movement
  • when you might need to use PPE

Early years and childcare settings, schools and colleges should read this guidance in conjunction with the Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings’ guidance.

Published 14 May 2020
Last updated 21 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance to clarify advice on the system of controls measures including PPE and the NHS test and trace process.

  2. Updated guidance to clarify PPE advice and changes in access to testing.

  3. First published.