Coronavirus Advice & Latest Information
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges.
Updated 25 February 2022.
On 21 February, the Prime Minister set out the next phase of the government’s COVID-19 response.
COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains.
Our priority is for schools, colleges, childminders and nurseries to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education and care to all children and young people. The evidence is clear that being out of education causes significant harm to educational attainment, life chances, as well as mental and physical health.
We have worked closely with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to revise this guidance.
The main messages from this guidance are:
- nationally, education and childcare settings are open, and attendance is mandatory (for schools) and strongly encouraged (at childminders, nurseries and colleges)
- the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has made it clear that the overwhelming majority of children and young people still have no symptoms or very mild illness only
- update to tracing close contacts and isolation section to reflect new public health guidance from 24 February
- update to the symptoms and testing section to reflect new public health guidance from 24 February
- update to the testing section to reflect that from 21 February, twice weekly testing in mainstream schools is no longer advised
- if the number of positive cases substantially increases in your nursery, school, or college, or if your nursery, school, or college is in an enhanced response area, you might be advised that additional measures should be introduced
- all children aged 12 and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations
- children and young people previously considered CEV should attend school and should follow the same COVID-19 guidance as the rest of the population
- face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in classrooms and communal areas
- updated advice for if an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test while attending boarding school
- update that education recovery programmes will continue to be delivered
November 2021 Draft Risk Assessment
Sept 2021 - Latest guidance from the DfE
Sept 2021 Re-opening Draft Risk Assessment
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Telephone - 0800 046 8687
If you have a query about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to schools and other educational establishments, and children's social care, in England contact our helpline.
Helpline opening hours
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm
NHS - Coronavirus in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.
Symptoms of coronavirus in children
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
How to put you child at ease and how to answer questions they may have (available in many different languages):