Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated 15 October 2020

Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated 15 October 2020

Wraparound provision

About this guidance

Providers who run community activities, holiday clubs, breakfast or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school provision for children are now able to open for both outdoor and indoor provision provided that they follow the protective measures set out by government in this guidance.

We recognise the important role out-of-school settings play in providing enriching activities, giving children the opportunity to socialise with others outside their household and promoting their wellbeing. We also recognise the importance of these settings in providing additional childcare options to working parents and carers.

We are aware many providers have reopened and put safety measures in place. This document sets out national guidance to support them and advise on practical steps they can take to minimise the risk of infection and transmission of the virus for children, staff and parents who attend their settings. Providers should also consider any guidance on local restrictions in their area.

Scientific advice suggests that there is a moderate to high degree of confidence that the susceptibility to clinical disease of younger children (typically until they become teenagers) is generally lower than for adults. However, it remains important that protective measures as outlined in this guidance are put in place to help reduce the risk of transmission.

For older children, there is not enough evidence yet to determine whether susceptibility to clinical disease is different to adults. Children and young people aged over 13 are still able to use out-of-school settings, but where older children are likely to attend, providers should be especially mindful of how to manage the risk of infection and transmission of the virus by putting in place the protective measures as outlined in this guidance.

We have also released accompanying guidance for parents and carers to support them to understand how they can reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, if they choose to send their children to out-of-school settings.

Schools should work to resume any breakfast and after-school provision, where possible, from the start of the autumn term. Schools should also work closely with any external wraparound providers which their pupils may use, to ensure as far as possible, children can be kept in a group with other children from the same bubble they are in during the school day.

If it is not possible or practical to maintain the same bubbles being used during the school day (for example, if the number of bubbles in place during the school day prove impractical to adopt within the wraparound provision) then providers should maintain small, consistent groups. We recognise that schools may need to respond flexibly and build this provision up over time. Such provision will help ensure pupils have opportunities to re-engage with their peers and with the school, ensure vulnerable children have a healthy breakfast and are ready to focus on their lessons, provide enrichment activities, and also support working parents.

Schools can consult the guidance produced for providers who run community activities, holiday clubs, after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school provision for children, as much of this will be useful in planning extra-curricular provision. This includes schools advising parents to limit the number of different out-of-school settings providers they access, as far as possible. Where parents use childcare providers or out of school extra-curricular activities for their children, schools should encourage parents and carers to seek assurance that the providers are carefully considering their own protective measures, and children should only attend settings that can demonstrate this. DfE has also issued guidance for parents and carers, which schools may want to circulate.

Where schools are satisfied that it would be safe to do so, they may choose to open up or hire out their premises for use by external bodies or organisations, such as external coaches or after-school or holiday clubs or activities. In doing so, schools should ensure they are considering carefully how such arrangements can operate within their wider protective measures and should also have regard to any other relevant government guidance. For example, where opening up school leisure facilities for external use, ensuring they do so in line with government guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) for providers of grassroots sport and gym or leisure facilities.

The key measures that every setting should have in place are:

  • minimising contact with staff, children and young people, and other individuals who are unwell by ensuring those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms do not attend their setting. This also applies if a member of their family has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19); or if they have been advised individually by NHS Test and Trace to isolate at home because they are the contact of a case that does not live in the same house.
  • encouraging staff and children attending to clean their hands more often than usual, including before and after activities and before and after using toilet/washroom facilities
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces more often than usual using standard products, such as detergent or bleach
  • increased frequency of cleaning of toilets and washrooms
  • minimising contact and mixing between groups of children by altering the environment to allow for social distancing between children and keeping children in small consistent groups

Before sending your child to a setting, you will want to ask providers what measures have been put in place to keep children, staff members and parents or carers safe, and any practicalities you need to be aware of such as collection and drop-off times and whether your child should bring their own water bottle or lunch to the setting.

What should I do if my child is displaying coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms?

If your child becomes unwell with a new, persistent cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste of smell (anosmia), they must stay at home and you should follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection guidance.

If your child becomes unwell while at a setting, the provider should call you immediately to come and collect them. While your child is awaiting collection they will be kept separately from others by a distance of at least 2 metres, ideally in a well-ventilated room with appropriate adult supervision.

When you collect your child you should take them straight home, do not:

  • use public transport
  • visit the GP
  • visit a pharmacy
  • visit the urgent care centre
  • visit a hospital – (unless unless the child is seriously unwell)

In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.

If your child has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), a high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), however mild, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started. Or if they are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) they should self-isolate for at least 10 days starting from the day the test was taken.

If they have tested positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they develop symptoms.

This only applies to those who begin their isolation on or after 30 July.

You should arrange a test for them as soon as possible to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). You can do this by visiting NHS.UK or contact NHS 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access. You and other fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 days.

If your child tests negative, they can usually return to the setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation subject to confirmation from local health protection professionals.

If your child tests negative but is unwell, they should not return to the setting until they are recovered.

If your child tests positive, NHS Test and Trace will speak directly to those that have been in contact with your child to offer advice. This advice may be that the rest of their class or group within the setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Household members should also self-isolate at home. See the current stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection for more information.


UPDATED 5th November 2020

School Wrap has implemented a range of protective measures; increased personal hygiene, increased cleaning (ongoing), safe distance signage and procedures for parents and/or carers dropping off and collecting children and we are now fully utilising our outdoor space.  

We are regularly refreshing our existing risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance. All health and safety compliance checks are carried out working in partnership with the Community Centre Committee.  

Playworkers exercise judgement in ensuring the highest standards of safety are maintained. In this instance, School Wrap have introduced a temporary cap on numbers to ensure that safety is prioritised. 

We welcome children aged from 3-12 years. There is moderately high scientific confidence in evidence suggesting younger children are less likely to become unwell if infected with coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, older children are more likely to have higher numbers of contacts outside socially so pose a greater transmission risk.    

School Wrap underwent a thorough deep clean during its unprecedented Covid-19 closure. All soft furnishings; rugs, beanbags, cushions, fluffy toys, dressing-up costumes etc. were removed from our setting, following government guidance. Resources are continously reviewed and replaced with equipment that is hard wearing and easily cleaned.   

Construction toys such as, Lego, duplo, skittle bricks, popoids etc., are submerged in antibacterial solution at the end of each day and left out of reach for 72 hours. All toys and resources are rotated on a daily basis.    

Our NEW interactive white board is accessible to children working and playing at a safe distance along with the Wii, providing many physical sports challenges such as, tennis, golf, Fifa football, cricket and Just Dance!  

The newly installed School Wrap computer and laptop have been positioned at individual work stations for children to create their own drawings, documents etc.  Keyboards are disinfected at regular intervals and after each and every child’s use.   

We have an exciting new play addition to our setting, providing a FUN area for children to climb and hide at a safe distance. Playworkers are present at all times to monitor the number of children playing in any single area.   

Children are actively encouraged to stand with their arms spread out wide and turn in a circle to keep themselves super safe. If they can touch another person, they are too close and can move slightly further away.    

Our outdoor space is being fully utilised, enabling children to enjoy packed lunches outside and play safely outside in all weathers. Our NEW mud kitchen is fully equipped and we are currently developing a ‘water wall’ with water shoots and guttering for children to enjoy while keeping hands clean and safe.  

Grab’n’Go Bags contain PPE, wet wipes, tissues and first aid equipment at all times. Plus, many FUN activities such as, rounders set, balls, magnifying glasses and tape measures! 

We will continue to liaise with the DfE and as soon as we have any updates, we will share them here.