Out of school care
Following the update to the government guidance actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak (updated 2nd June 2020) we would bring your attention to bullet points 5.5. and 6.3 as follows:
- You can only provide wraparound childcare to the children who are attending school. You cannot provide childcare for children who are not attending school, whether that’s because the school cannot accommodate them at this time (e.g. insufficient space for all the eligible children), or because their parents don’t want to send them back to school yet, or because their year groups aren’t yet eligible to return to school (i.e. they are in years 2 to 5)
- You can only provide wraparound childcare if you operate on school premises, and follow the same health protection procedures as the school, and the headteacher is satisfied with your arrangements
- You can only provide wraparound childcare to the children of the school within which you operate. You cannot take children from other schools.
This means that if you operate your wraparound setting from a separate premises, such as a community centre or church hall, you cannot open.
The Government is keeping this position under review, and “will let providers know more, including about arrangements for the summer holiday period, as soon as possible”. No adjustments to the current measures are expected before 4 July. Crucially, the DfE states that it does not anticipate out of school clubs being “able to welcome back children at the same pace as schools expand their attendance”.
Please note – childminders can provide care for children of all ages from 1st June in line with their current Ofsted registration and within the usual limits on the number of children they can care for.