Schools, education and childcare
Arrangements and updates will be sent to you by your school, college, early years setting or childcare provider. Contact them directly if you have any questions.
Keeping children safe
There are practical measures in place for children in early years settings, schools and college.
- regularly updating risk assessments
- following the latest public health guidance
- reminding children and young people to regularly wash their hands and use a tissue to sneeze into
- using one-way systems, floor markings or instructions on how to move around the building (for some schools and colleges)
- ventilation of classrooms and maximising the use of outdoor spaces for learning and play
- having an outbreak management plan (for when cases rise in their setting or in the local area)
Each school will have their own safety measures and guidance.
Vaccination for children and young people
For information on the Covid-19 vaccination for children and young people, visit our vaccination page.
Remote education or home learning
Schools will only move to remote education and learning where:
- they have had to put in place exceptional measures due to high numbers of Covid-19 cases
Moving to remote education for a class, year group or school is a last resort and the school will make this decision with the council.
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) then the school will discuss remote learning with you as this will need to be co-produced.
Free school meals
We are continuing to make sure children who are entitled to free school meals are getting them.
Schools will have their own processes in place for this to make sure that your child gets a meal if they are at home.
Contact your school if you have any questions about free school meals in term time or during the school holidays.
You can read more about free school meals in the government guidance: Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
For details of further financial support available visit our financial support for residents page.
Benefits of applying for free school meals
Applying for free school meals can bring other benefits to your child’s health, wellbeing and learning.
We are currently offering holiday activities and food clubs for children aged 5 to 16 years who live in South Gloucestershire. Funded by the Department for Education (DfE).
You can find out more on our supporting families in school holidays page.
Support available to you and your family
Buying uniform, lunch boxes, and other kit for your child’s return to school can be costly.
If your income or outgoings have been impacted by Covid-19 and you need some extra financial support to help, you can apply for our resilience fund.
Find out more on our community resilience fund page.