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Scottish schools and nurseries

Going back to or starting school or nursery can be a really exciting and nerve wracking time, we're here to help you help them feel supported for that first day and beyond.

Schools reopening

If you have children at home then schools and childcare settings being closed has made this time really tough. While you might have got to enjoy unexpected time as a family, there will have been days where it might have felt overwhelming. It's no wonder you'll be feeling a mix of emotions at the thought of schools and nurseries reopening.

You might feel a little guilty at feeling relieved, and you will have worries about what schools are doing about health and safety. Your kids will probably have their own worries too. You’ll probably have questions about what is happening at your child’s school or childcare setting or the changes that are being made to allow them to reopen, as well as questions on what you can do to help prepare your child.

All of the decisions have been based on what’s best for children and young people. The decisions have been made by the Scottish Government, local authorities, teaching unions, and parent organisations working together. The new plans for going back are based on the scientific advice about the low levels of coronavirus currently in Scotland, and that the benefits of getting children back to learning outweighs the small risks of getting back into the classroom. The new guidance also covers all the practical things schools can do to reopen safely and sustainably.

You might have heard about plans for “blended learning” which means a mix of online learning at home and time in the classroom. The progress we’ve all made controlling the virus has meant this isn’t needed, and children can go back full time.

We have information to reassure you and to help you reassure your children so they’re prepared to start or return to school, nursery, or their early learning setting. We also have advice for you if your child has additional support needs or they or someone in the family is coming out of shielding.