Coronavirus: recovery plan published – Northern Ireland

Source: Northern Ireland Executive
Date: 12 May 2020

The Northern Ireland Executive has published a phased five-stage coronavirus recovery plan. The document sets out the approach the Executive will take when deciding how to ease coronavirus restrictions in the future. The guidance covers schools and the education sector.

Read the news story: Coronavirus recovery plan
Read the document:Coronavirus: our approach to decision 

Coronavirus: preparing for opening schools and childcare settings

Source: Department for Education
Date: 11, 12 May 2020

The Department for Education has published guidance for schools and childcare settings to prepare for opening on 1 June. The guidance covers: the year groups in the first phase of reopening; managing risk; and key issues including class size and staff availability, attendance, vulnerable children and young people and the curriculum. Guidance for parents and carers to help prepare for the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges has also been published. The guidance offers answers to frequently asked questions and outlines a phased return that includes: nurseries, other early year providers, and childminders to begin welcoming back all children; primary schools to welcome back children in nursery reception, year 1 and year 6; and secondary schools, sixth form, and further education colleges to begin some face to face support with year 10 and 12 pupils. The DfE has also published a schools reopening question and answer blog.  

Read the guidance: Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
Read the guidance: Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers
Read the press release:Details on phased wider opening of schools, colleges and nurseries
Read the blog:Schools reopening Q&A

Coronavirus briefing: safeguarding guidance for early years

Source: NSPCC Learning
Date: 18 May 2020

NSPCC Learning has published a briefing summarising government guidance on safeguarding and child protection for early years settings during the coronavirus pandemic. For each of the four nations the briefing looks at: early years provision; regulations; child protection and safeguarding; child welfare; and staffing and recruitment. The briefing will be updated regularly.

Read the briefing:Coronavirus briefing: safeguarding guidance for early years

50% Discount on all Online Courses

We are offering a 50% discount on all our online course until 30th June 2020

Our Online Courses are suitable for anyone working with children & young people in the education, health, public and private sector.  Each course is self paced and you can start the course at any time and come back as and when you wish to to continue / complete the course.


Coronavirus: children’s social care regulations

Source: Department of Health
Date: 06 May 2020

The Department of Health for Northern Ireland has published guidance to accompany the Children’s Social Care (Coronavirus) (Temporary Modification of Children’s Social Care) Regulations (NI) 2020. The Regulations, which are being made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are intended to be in place for a period of six months but may be revoked at an earlier stage.

Read the guidance: COVID-19: Guidance to accompany the Children’s Social Care (Coronavirus) (Temporary Modification of Children’s Social Care) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 (PDF)

Coronavirus: guidance for children’s social care services

Source: Department for Education
Date: 06 May 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated guidance for children’s social care services in England to reflect the temporary changes made in the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. An article in Community Care discusses the updated guidance.

Read the guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children’s social care services
Read the news story:Coronavirus guidance update stresses duties to children but bid to scrap relaxation of law intensifies

Coronavirus: school reopening

Source: Prime Minister’s Office
Date: 10 May 2020

The Prime Minister has announced that primary schools in England may begin to reopen in phases at the earliest by 1 June beginning with reception, Year 1 and Year 6. It is planned that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the summer holidays. Further guidance will follow.

Read the speech: PM address to the nation on coronavirus: 10 May 2020

Coronavirus: guidance on temporary changes to education, health and care legislation

Source: Department for Education 
Date: 30 April 2020


The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance on temporary changes to the law on education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments and plans in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides a summary of these legislative changes and sets out the key implications for those who play a part in the processes relating to EHC needs assessments and plans.

Read the guidanceEducation, health and care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)