Wider opening of schools

We're continuing to support our schools as they plan to widen access to Years Reception, 1, 6, 10 and 12 in line with government guidance. Every school and its community are different, and we respect the final decision of Headteachers and their school governing bodies as to an appropriate date for widening access based on their own risk assessment.

Please check your child's school website for more information.

Schools and education

All schools, colleges, sixth forms and early years settings closed on Friday 20 March 2020.

Following the publication of guidance from the government, measures have been put in place to maintain educational provision during the coronavirus outbreak for some children:

  • vulnerable children who have a social worker or Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
  • children whose parents are critical to the coronavirus response and cannot be cared for safely at home. For example; NHS staff, police and delivery drivers

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus response are known as key workers. We would advise parents to discuss with their employer if they fall within the definition.

Note: many key workers may be able keep their children at home if they can safely do so. This is the best way to minimise the spread of the virus.

Read the Department for Education's guidance for parents and carers for more information.

We've been working closely with local headteachers and other education professionals to implement this guidance. We've also made sure that if children require appropriate care and educational support it's been provided in line with the guidance.

Schools have provided meals or vouchers for children who are entitled to free school meals.

Child care provision

Please be aware of the following:

  • if it's at all possible for children to be at home, they should be
  • if a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a key worker, then educational provision is available for them
  • parents should not rely on childcare from anyone who has been advised to be in the strict social distancing groups:
    • grandparents
    • friends
    • family members with underlying conditions
  • parents should do everything to make sure their children are not mixing socially outside of any education setting to prevent the spread of the virus. Children should follow the same social distancing rules as adults
  • residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible

The children below can continue to attend school:

  • children of key workers who cannot remain at home with alternative provision
  • children who are supported by social care
  • children with safeguarding and welfare needs. This includes; child in need plans or child protection plans
  • looked after children
  • young carers
  • disabled children and those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

If a child is in one of the above groups, parents and carers are encouraged to use a school place and/or childcare provision. If a parent or carer believes a child should continue to attend school but is not in one of the groups above, contact the school directly.

If a family of a child classed as vulnerable needs to self-isolate, or wants to observe social distancing and not take up the offer, the social worker or lead professional will work with them to discuss the best option for that child.

Early years provision

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

If you're a childminder, or work in an early years setting and need support or advice, email eypt@stockport.gov.uk

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 Steve Nyakatawa, Director of Education Services.