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Vulnerable children - education and childcare in the coronavirus lockdown

From January 2021

Vulnerable children and young people include those who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
    • children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
    • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
    • those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
    • those living in temporary accommodation
    • those who are young carers
    • those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
    • care leavers
    • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

During the lockdown that started in January 2021, your vulnerable child may continue to attend school or college. Please contact your child's school or college to discuss this.

Afterschool provision may only be opened for children who are vulnerable and for children of key (critical) workers 

Children in the Early Years can continue to access childcare as normal from nurseries / childminders, though school-based nurseries may restrict access in line with primary schools.

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