Find out what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We'll continue to share information and the latest updates from Public Health England, the NHS and the government.
Schools opening from September
It is the Government’s plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.
If you have a child who attends, or is due to attend, a school in Derbyshire, then your school will be in touch before the start of the autumn term with all the information you will need about any changes planned.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education has set up a school helpline to answer questions from staff, parents and young people about coronavirus issues related to education.
PHE East Midlands response centre
Tel: 0344 225 4524 followed by Option 0 to get through to East Midlands Health Protection Team, then press option 1, then ask for the Coronavirus Response Centre.
Open from 8am to 8pm.
Weekly food shopping vouchers for children eligible for free school meals
The government has launched a food shopping voucher scheme to support children eligible for free school meals while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
The scheme will allow schools to provide every eligible child with a weekly voucher worth £15 to spend on food at stores including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S with more joining up as the scheme rolls out.
Schools which are not able to provide meals for collection or delivery will email eligible families a code to show at the supermarket checkout or post gift cards to families without internet access.
Wherever possible schools will continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves.
New guidance on free school meals for schools and parents
The Department for Education has published new guidance on free school meals to help schools and parents prepare.
Lea Green and White Hall
We’ll be able to welcome schools and community groups again for non-residential programmes from September
Over the summer Lea Green and White Hall will continue to deliver a limited programme of opportunities for vulnerable and targeted groups of young people.
We’re committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our visitors and employees and their health and wellbeing is our number one priority. We follow the most up-to-date guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education to help protect our centre users and staff.
Find out more about Lea Green and White Hall.
Mental health support available
We know that the closure of schools and the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to be an anxious and uncertain time for parents and carers.
Free online counselling to support mental health and wellbeing, without the need for a referral, is available in Derby and Derbyshire from Kooth and Qwell services.
- Kooth is for children and young people aged 11 to 18 years, and up to 25 years for children in care
- Qwell service is for parents and carers whose children are under 18 years
The services provide access to text-based counselling support from 12pm until 10pm on weekdays and 6pm until 10pm on weekends, and 24 hours per day, 7days per week access to online forums where concerns and relevant articles can be shared and discussed.
How to talk to your child about coronavirus
We appreciate some parents and children may be worried about themselves, members of their family, or their friends becoming ill.
There’s lots of advice about how to talk to your child about coronavirus.
The BBC's Newsround has published a useful video for children called Coronavirus: Why it might not be as scary as it sounds.
Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service
Advice and resources for parents and carers in talking to children about coronavirus and school closures is available from the Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service.
National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society have advice, guidance and a helpline for parents’, young people and staff.
Mencap offers an easy read guide to coronavirus.
Place2be has produced a guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing.
Young Minds offers advice about talking to your child about coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing.
This is an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the coronavirus outbreak.
Amaze is an information pack for parents that offers lots of information about how to tell your child about coronavirus.
The Children's Commissioner has produced a guide to talking to your child about coronavirus.