Returning to


We all know how challenging this last year has been. And you’re not alone if you’ve found the current lockdown the hardest one yet.

The news that children are starting to return to school and ELC settings like nurseries will probably have been a huge relief – especially if your children are among the first to go back. But there is a risk that it could cause an increase in people getting the virus. If your children are returning to nursery or school, here are 5 important things you can do to make sure this doesn’t happen and to help our nurseries and schools stay open.

  • Wear your face covering at all times when you’re dropping your children at nursery or school and when you’re picking them up.
  • Only one parent at a time should do drop offs and pickups.
  • Stay 2 metres from other parents at the gates and avoid travelling to and from school in groups with others.
  • Don’t car share with other households and limit using public transport if you can.
  • Look out for symptoms at home and follow Test and Protect guidance if anyone shows any signs of COVID.

We have lots of information in the articles below on what you can do to support your children if they’re going back or if they’ll still be learning from home. We also have advice on how to cope with being a parent during these difficult times.

You can find out the arrangements in your local authority below.