Education and childcare provision

Measures have been introduced to maintain educational provision during the coronavirus outbreak for some children. This follows the publication of guidance from central government. You can also find out if you're a key worker.

Schools, colleges and childcare providers are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children:

  • those who are vulnerable
  • those whose parents are critical to the coronavirus response and cannot be safely cared for at home

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus response, known as a key worker, are outlined below. If in doubt we would advise parents to discuss with their employer if they fall within the definition.

Many parents working in these sectors may be able keep their children at home. If they can be safely cared for at home, they should be. This is the best way to minimise spread of the virus.

The Department for Education (DfE) has provided guidance for parents and carers.

We've been working closely with local headteachers and other education professionals to develop plans to implement the guidance. We'll continue to offer support where we need to, to make sure that where children require suitable and appropriate care and educational support it will be provided in line with the guidance.

Child care provision

Be aware of the following government guidance:

  • if it's at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be
  • if a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them
  • parents should not rely on childcare from those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category:
    • grandparents
    • friends
    • family members with underlying conditions
  • outside of any education setting they may be eligible to attend, parents should do everything to make sure their children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. Children should observe the same social distancing principles as adults
  • residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible

Children who fall into the categories outlined below will be able to continue attending school. These include:

  • children of key workers where children cannot remain at home with alternative provision
  • children who are supported by social care
  • those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans
  • looked after children
  • young carers
  • disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans

If you're in one of the above groups, we're encouraging parents and carers to use a school place and/or childcare provision. Your school should have already been in touch with you, but please speak to your school if, having read this information, you believe that your child should continue to attend school.

Where a family of a child classed as vulnerable (as set out in the list above) is required to self-isolate, as per current government guidance, or are wanting to observe social distancing and not take up the offer, the social worker or lead professional will work with the family to assess the best option for that child.

Early years provision

You can find guidance for early years providers on the GOV.UK website.

If you're a childminder or working in an early years setting and need support or advice you can email

A message to parents and carers across Stockport

Thank you, our community, for your support in these unprecedented times.

Our news article has an update for parents and carers across Stockport from Chris McLoughlin, Director of Children’s Services and Councillor Colin Foster, Lead Member for Children.