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 educational, childcare and children’s social care settings
  • children, young people and other learners
  • parents

It applies to:

  • 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
  • colleges, including specialist post-16 institutions

This guidance explains the principles of infection prevention and control to enable safe working during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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 personal protective equipment (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