Schools and key worker information
Only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school or college.
Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school or college. All other pupils and students will receive remote education. See the government's information on who is a critical worker. If you work in a critical role but can care for your children safely at home you should not send them to school.
Schools in some areas are experiencing high numbers of parents wanting their children to attend school, meaning some schools have large numbers of children in school each day. Please consider carefully whether you need your child to go to school. The lower the number of children in school, the lower the risk of transmission both in the community and in school. If a school needs to close/close a bubble due to a positive case this can prevent critical workers from from going to work.
Individual schools will decide how many children they are able to have in school, based on health and safety requirements and their ability to provide high quality remote learning. If you are a critical worker you should contact your child's school directly to see if they can access a place.
Please note: Being a critical worker does not guarantee your child will be able to attend school.
If you are a critical worker and need additional childcare Families Information Service has a full list of registered childcare providers, or you can call the Families Information Service on 03000 269 995 if you are having issues accessing essential childcare.