Coronavirus update and advice

What you need to do: Stay at home. Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (only if you cannot work from home). Stay 2 metres away from other people. Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

More information

We understand that this can be a difficult time for parents of children and young people in education or at nursery.

Following the government's decision schools, colleges and nurseries were closed on Friday 20 March for most children and young people until further notice. 

The vast majority of schools and nurseries were open from Monday 23 March to provide care for a limited number of children whose parents are key workers and cannot be safely cared for at home as well as for children who receive support from social workers and have Education Health Care Plans.  

GCSE and A Level exams due take place in May and June will not be sat.

Individual schools and colleges have been in touch with parents and guardians about the next steps and their individual websites are a good source of information at this time.

Early years

If you are a key worker with a child aged 0-5 and you need childcare provision/your childcare has closed, please visit our list of childcare providers for telephone numbers to check availability.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards. 

Home schooling

BBC bite size

BBC bite size has content to help you with your childs education and wellbeing that covers a number of subjects and ages:

PE with Joe

Joe Wicks will be hosting a free workout aimed at kids live on his YouTube channel every morning, Monday to Friday at 9am:

SEND information

Careers service

Positive Steps have a team of career advisers on hand every weekday (9 am - 4:30pm) to offer information, advice and guidance on careers, exams, college and education, finance, housing and employment:


The Department for Education has set up a coronavirus helpline for teachers, parents and young people:

  • Phone 0800 046 8687 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday).