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Get a coronavirus vaccination

Vaccinations are now available to anyone aged 12 or above. Anyone over 12 can book online. Anyone over 16 can visit one of our local vaccine clinics without an appointment.

Get a vaccination

Public Health England's Chief Nurse and Director Maternity and Early Years and the Interim Chief Medical Officer NHS Test & Trace have written a joint letter for schools and parents/carers, setting out who should book a test and who shouldn’t.

Public Health England have developed this poster which is aimed at infection prevention for other childhood illnesses for schools and other childcare facilities. 

Hidden Disabilities face covering exempt card

A card which indicates that you have a hidden disability and that there are some circumstances where you may not be able to wear a face covering.

Reopening of Early Years Settings and Schools

Preparing your child for returning to School

With plans being made to reopen schools for more pupils, as a parent or carer you may feel concerned about your child returning to school, especially if they find change difficult to handle.

Here are some things that you can do to help prepare your child and to gain a sense of control over the uncertainties.

The government have also issued guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term.

Transition guidance for Settings, Schools and Colleges

This Transition Guidance has been developed in liaison with the sector to provide advice and guidance which will support settings, schools and colleges in ensuring that transition for the children and young people of Oldham runs as smoothly as possible. There are sections relating to Key Transition Points, as well as more generic guidance and specific sections relating to how those with SEND may be supported. The guidance will be regularly updated as we receive further Government updates on the wider opening of settings, schools and colleges and a clearer idea of what will be expected in the new Academic Year.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources and Guidance from The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Issues and concerns have been gathered about returning to school or college from a wide range of children and young people. Also included is the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s COVID-19 - research studies on children and young people's views. See attached CYP COVID concerns.

Resources packs have been collated from across GM to support schools. Resources are grouped into types e.g. teaching materials, resources for parents etc and are a mixture of information leaflets, short films, advice and guidance, signposting to social prescribing activities etc.

There are three packs: primary, secondary and FE – all packs include SEND specific materials where appropriate.

As the situation and related guidance can change rapidly we’ve been looking at ways to produce the information and keep it up-to-date. To avoid long lists on the website we’ve produced them as interactive PowerPoint decks that sit on the mental health website

Shared Health Foundation

As part of our Resilience programme for Young People, Shared Health has created a set of resources for Year 6's transitioning to secondary school

Talking to children about Coronavirus

Free online parenting courses for residents of Oldham

These courses are for everyone who wants to be the best mum, dad, grandparent, carer that they can be.

  • Understanding your pregnancy, birth, labour and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child

Find out more and access course 

Guidance for service providers:

There is also a  DfE Coronavirus helpline for local authorities, providers and parents to get information on the latest Government advice

  • 0800 046 8687
  • 8am-6pm (Monday – Friday)
  • 10am – 4pm (Saturday and Sunday).