Updated guidance-Out of School Guidance

Headteachers, Teachers, Governors
Updated DfE guidance published

Guidance has been published by the Government that includes information for wraparound childcare and clubs (before and after school and holiday care). Point 6.3 explains how clubs can operate when not on a school site.

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

6.3 Are before and after school clubs and other providers of wraparound care allowed to operate?

Wraparound providers which are registered with Ofsted or with a Childminder Agency and run before and/or after school clubs on school premises or in early years settings, and can ensure they follow the protective measures guidance, are able to operate.

We are hoping to amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, as part of Step 3 of the government’s recovery strategy (anticipated no earlier than 4 July), to enable registered wraparound childcare providers, who do not operate on the same premises as the school or early years setting that children attend, to open for indoor provision. We also anticipate adjustments to the current measures for unregulated providers/out-of-school settings, who are currently required to keep their premises closed, to be part of Step 3 of the recovery strategy. This will be confirmed based on further detailed scientific advice. We will provide protective measures guidance to providers as soon as possible.

Subject to the parliamentary process, wraparound providers who do not operate on the same premises as the school or early years setting that children attend during the day should ensure, as far as possible, that they follow the protective measures set out in government guidance. This would also include ensuring that, as far as possible, they are only caring for children from one school or early years provider. They should also work closely with the school or early years provider that their children attend to ensure that, as far as possible, they are keeping children in the same small consistent groups that they are in throughout the day. If that is not possible, children should be kept in small consistent groups from one day to the next wherever possible.