National Guidance

Some schools and early education providers have continued to welcome vulnerable children and children of keyworkers (critical workers) over the past few months.

The Government have now published guidance to support a safe and phased reopening of education and childcare provision to a wider group of students – starting initially with:

  • Early years (especially 3 & 4 year olds)
  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 6

Education providers will continue to prioritise keyworker and vulnerable children – keyworkers may need to provide evidence from an employer depending on place availability.


Education & Childcare in Bolton

Early education providers and schools have lots of different considerations based on their building, their staff teams and the families that they work with.

As such, parents of school aged children are asked to speak to their school or childcare provider about their plans for increasing the number of children and young people attending their provision, and how school will support home learning should they not be able to offer school based provision for all pupils.

Some early education and childcare providers will remain closed, working at significantly lower numbers, or working in a different way, to meet the safety guidance set by the Government. If you are not able to access your current early education or childcare provider, and there are no alternative care options, please contact the One Stop Shop on 01204 337220 – whilst places can not be guaranteed, the Council will be able to provide you with details of early education and childcare providers that are currently open to help you find the services needed.


My child is staying at home

If your child is not returning to their early education provider or school, you may find these national guidance documents for parents useful:

Guidance for parents and carers helping children learn from home

Resources to support home learning

For early years provision, have a look at Tiny Happy People