Coronavirus - Schools and Childcare

Updated information on schools and childcare during the National Lockdown.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement 4th January, primary and secondary schools have moved to remote learning for most pupils. The only exceptions is for the children of critical workers and those deemed vulnerable (this can include children without access to a laptop at home or a quiet place to study). Schools and academies will make contact with parents and carers directly to confirm their plans.

Early years settings remain open to all children.

Schools

School places will be made available for vulnerable children and the children of critical key workers from Wednesday 6th January 2021. Schools / academies will make contact with parents and carers directly to confirm their plans and tell you how to book a place.

All school will make contact with parents and carers directly to explain how they intend to continue to offer learning opportunities to children remotely.

School places will only be made available for vulnerable children and the children of critical key workers from Wednesday 6th January 2021

Special schools will remain open.

Find your school contact details.

BT lockdown learning support scheme

BT introduces connectivity support scheme to help disadvantaged children continue their education while schools remain closed.

Read more about the scheme on the BT website.

Childcare

There are several ways that you can continue to access childcare:

  • Early years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open
  • Vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)
  • Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14. This is mainly to enable parents to work, and must not be used to enable social contact between adults. Please see the latest government guidance on childcare bubbles
  • Nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home
  • If you are a households who has formed a support bubble. Please see the latest government guidance on support bubbles

Doncaster Offer

Doncaster Families Information Service, Early Years Team and Early Years Funding team will work together to help any eligible families to childcare to secure a childcare placement.

If you are looking for childcare in Doncaster please use our online childcare finder it really easy to use!

If after using the 'online childcare finder' you are still struggling to find childcare provider to meet the needs of your family, you can use the 'childcare brokerage service' provided by Families Information Service (FIS).

The childcare brokerage service provides one-to-one support to help you find suitable childcare.

To make a referral to the childcare brokerage service, contact Families Information Service on:

Government Guidance

Last updated: 12 January 2021 14:13:19