COVID-19: children’s services, education and schools

Information and guidance related to children and young people.

We are working as fast as we can to update this page with useful information for you. Please keep checking back and follow @LGAchildren on Twitter for the latest relevant information.

Children's social care services

GOV.UK – guidance for children's social care services

Children's wellbeing and mental health

LGA – public mental health and wellbeing and COVID-19

GOV.UK – Teaching about mental wellbeing

NHS Every Mind Matters

Supporting vulnerable children

Family Fund – The Family Fund will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Anyone who is worried about a child or young person can talk to the NSPCC helpline team who offer free support and guidance (telephone 0808 800 5000, email or the reporting page on the NSPCC’s website

GOV.UK Holiday activities and food programme 2021

For more information on protecting vulnerable children, please see the vulnerable people section of our hub.

Education, schools and early years

GOV.UK – contingency framework: education and childcare settings

GOV.UK – Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – early years and childcare: coronavirus (this collection covers all areas of early years and childcare in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the guidance below may also be found within this collection).

GOV.UK – guidance for full opening of schools

GOV.UK – guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Remote education

Oak Academy support for remote learning

GOV.UK – remote education good practice 

Qualifications and funding

GOV.UK – nursery and early years sector: COVID-19 restrictions and consumer law advice

GOV.UK – use of free early education entitlements funding during coronavirus

Department for Education communications

School governance: coronavirus update


LGA Workforce and HR support – education and young people main landing page

DfE Stage 4 guidance for schools

DfE Webinar -  What Step 4 changes mean for Education and Childcare Settings  (July 2021)

Wellbeing guide for staff working in schools and trusts: managing the wellbeing of staff during COVID-19 (pdf)

Mental Health Network – our frontline: support for frontline workers in education

GOV.UK – order additional tests for schools and education providers

GOV.UK – guidance for coronavirus testing for frontline workers who are self isolating

Oak Academy – Teacher Hub

GOV.UK – early years initial teacher training requirements and supporting advice (pdf, May 2020)

Youth Work Support: advice, guidance and tools for youth workers during the COVID

GOV.UK – informing DfE of the death of a carer or colleague across children's services