Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 19th January the Department for Education have updated their guidance to reflect the end of Plan B.
The guidance is available at the usual links:
The main changes to be aware of are:
Providers that offer breakfast, after-school clubs or extra-curricular activities in schools, should also refer to the guidance on Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak.
As of 8 March, out-of-school settings and wraparound childcare providers can now offer face-to-face indoor and outdoor provision to:
From 29 March, as set out in the COVID-19 response – spring 2021 guidance, and in line with when schools close for the Easter holidays, out-of-school settings and wraparound providers will be able to offer the following provision.
Outdoor provision to all children, without restrictions on the purpose for which they may attend.
Indoor provision to:
Where it is not possible, or it is impractical to group children in the same bubbles as they are in during the school day – for example, if only one or two children are attending wraparound provision from the same school day bubble – schools and external providers may need to group children with others from outside their school day bubble or from a different school, where children from multiple schools are attending provision. If schools or external providers need to do this, they should seek to keep children in small, consistent groups with the same children each time, as far as this is possible.
We recognise that schools may need to respond flexibly and build their wraparound provision up over time. Such provision will however help ensure pupils have opportunities to re-engage with their peers and with the school, ensure vulnerable children have a healthy breakfast and are ready to focus on their lessons, provide enrichment activities, and also support working parents.
Schools can consult the guidance produced for providers who run community activities, holiday clubs, after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school provision for children, as much of this will be useful in planning extra-curricular provision. This includes schools advising parents to limit the number of different out-of-school settings providers they access, as far as possible. Where parents use childcare providers or out of school extra-curricular activities for their children, schools should encourage parents and carers to seek assurance that the providers are carefully considering their own protective measures, and children should only attend settings that can demonstrate this. DfE has also issued guidance for parents and carers, which schools may want to circulate.
Schools may also choose to open up or hire out their premises for use by external bodies or organisations, such as external coaches or after-school or holiday clubs or activities. In doing so, schools should ensure they work with providers to consider how they can operate within their wider protective measures and should also have regard to any other relevant government guidance. For example, where opening up school leisure facilities for external use, ensuring they do so in line with government guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) for providers of grassroots sport and gym or leisure facilities.
Schools should also read the local restriction tiers guidance to find out what tier their area is in and the additional restrictions that apply. Currently, supervised activities, training and education for children can continue to operate at all alert tiers both inside and outdoors.
Protective measures guidance for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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