Coronavirus guidance on re-opening school-age childcare services

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for the safe re-opening of school-age childcare services in the local authority, private and third sectors in Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Childcare providers should use this guidance to plan their re-opening or review the delivery of services in settings that are already open to ensure they are operating in a manner consistent with wider efforts to control the transmission of the virus and protect the health of children, their families and staff.

Topics covered include:

  • risk assessments
  • communication
  • infection prevention and control (including cleaning and hand hygiene, physical distancing, ventilation and PPE)
  • maximising use of outdoor spaces
  • provision of meals and snacks
  • evacuation procedures
  • settling-in
  • moving within and between settings
  • blended placements
  • sharing premises
  • transportation

Additional guidance:

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

All providers of Care Inspectorate-registered school-age childcare services in the local authority, private and third sectors in Scotland, including breakfast clubs, after-school care and holiday care.

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

This guidance supersedes the guidance issued on 3 July 2020, and comes into effect from 10 August 2020.

This advice will be reviewed regularly and revised based on new evidence if necessary. Please check back to ensure you are using the most current version of the recommendations.

This guidance is not exhaustive, and providers must continue to operate within the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure the health and wellbeing of children and parents while they are using their service.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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