Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

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  1. 30 hours free childcare

    Who is eligible for 30 hours free childcare and how you can get it.

  2. School term and holiday dates

    Find your child's school term, half term and holiday dates on your local council's website

  3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): induction for newly qualified teachers

    Guidance about changes to newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  4. Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining further education provision

    Operational guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training provision.

  5. School admissions

    Get a place for your child at a primary or secondary school - applications, deadlines, admission criteria, appeals and complaints

  6. Universities told not to alter applicants’ offers

    Universities Minister Michelle Donelan is asking higher education providers not to change their offers to students for two weeks to maintain stability.

  7. National curriculum

    The national curriculum for England to be taught in all local-authority-maintained schools.

  8. The national curriculum

    The English national curriculum means children in different schools (at primary and secondary level) study the same subjects to similar standards - it's split into key stages with tests

  9. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

    Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children.

  10. School closures

    School closures happen because of an emergency like severe weather - check whether your child's school is closed on your local council website

  11. Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings

    Advice for educational settings, and their students and staff, who are travelling or planning to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  12. Direction issued to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual

    A direction from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator of Ofqual, about calculating summer 2020 grades in lieu of exam results.

  13. Check what help you could get with childcare costs

    Check what help you might be able to get with childcare schemes like tax credits, Tax-Free Childcare, childcare vouchers and free childcare or education for 2 to 4-year-olds

  14. Apply for 30 hours free childcare

    How to apply for 30 hours free childcare.

  15. Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)

    The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.

  16. Types of school

    Types of school and how they're run - community schools, academies, free schools, faith schools, state boarding schools

  17. Schools, colleges and early years settings to close

    Schools will close from Monday, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children

  18. School governance update

    Important news and communications from the Department for Education (DfE) relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England.

  19. The law on leaving your child on their own

    The law doesn't say an age when you can leave a child on their own, but it's an offence to leave a child alone if it puts them at risk

  20. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

    Guidance to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children’s homes.