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Protective measures for after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus

Updated 30th December 2020

Parent and child groups can continue where they provide support to parent and/or child, and children under 5 will not be counted within the 15 person limit – meaning parents and carers can attend such groups in larger numbers. These cannot take place in private dwellings.

Local restriction tiers

The government has introduced a system of local restriction tiers. If you live, work or volunteer in an area that is in tier 2, 3 or 4, there are additional restrictions. Read the local restriction tiers guidance to find out what tier your area is in and the additional restrictions that apply.

Currently, supervised activities, training and education for children can continue to operate at all restriction tiers both inside and outdoors. In areas at tier 4, parents and carers can continue to access wraparound childcare and out-of-school settings for children where this is:

· provision specified in an education, health and care plan

· necessary to allow parents/carers to work, seek work, or undertake education or training

· for the purposes of respite care, such as caring for a vulnerable child or young person

· being used by home educating parents as part of existing arrangements for their child to receive a suitable full-time education

· for the purposes of obtaining a regulated qualification, meeting the entry requirements for an education institution, or exams and assessments

In tier 4 areas, children should not be accessing out-of-school provision except for these purposes. Providers in tier 4 areas should ensure parents using their settings are aware of these additional restrictions.

Face coverings

Public Health England does not (based on current evidence) recommend the use of face coverings when children are participating in out-of-school settings activities. This evidence will be kept under review. They are not required during out-of-school provision as children and staff are mixing in consistent groups, and because misuse may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission. There may also be negative effects on communication and thus education. Face coverings are required at all times on public transport (except children under the age of 11), when attending a hospital as a visitor or outpatient, or when in a shop or a supermarket.

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