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Coronavirus | Guidance for parents and carers (including education and childcare)

This section provides advice for parents and carers, including guidance on education, childcare and activities. Please look at the guidance below by clicking on each section. 

Children accessing early years, schools and colleges in autumn term

The Department for Education (DfE) have provided a guide for parents and carers on everything you need to know about returning to childcare and education in autumn term. This includes those in:

  • registered nurseries and childminders
  • primary and secondary schools
  • further education colleges

You can view the guidance at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term

Extracurricular and leisure activities

Is your child attending an out of school setting?

This includes:

  • tuition
  • community activities
  • other out-of-school settings for children and young people aged 5 and over during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Government has issued guidelines to help you make the right decisions for their safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of their activities, click here to find out more.

For general information on Out of School Activities in the borough, and keeping your children safe in these settings, please contact the Out of Schools Settings team on ooss@redbridge.gov.uk  or visit: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/out-of-school-settings

Children's Centres

Children's Centres are continuing to provide services to families with babies and young children. There are online activities and parenting support groups, one to one support opportunities and lots of fun and educational ideas for you to use throughout the holidays. Visit http://find.redbridge.gov.uk/childrenscentres.

Do More... 

For information about virtual events and activities see Vision's do more at home page.

Parks

People can spend time in the park while maintaining social distancing. Our tennis courts, games areas and skate parks are now open.

Children’s play areas, outdoor gyms and the bouldering facility at Fairlop Waters are now open.

Libraries

Redbridge Central Library is open with reduced opening hours of 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

South Woodford Library is open with the reduced hours of Monday to Friday 6am to 7pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am to 6pm.

Goodmayes Library is open with the reduced hours of Monday to Tuesday 10am to 5pm, Thursday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Wanstead Library is open with the reduced hours of hours of Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Fullwell Cross Library is open with the reduced hours of Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

All other libraries are currently closed, but we are working to make it safe and ready. We do not have a timescale for this at the moment.

A fines amnesty is in place which means that there will be no charges for overdue materials for the time being and books will be automatically renewed. 

Access E-books, online newspapers and magazines and other services online.

Leisure centres

Redbridge Cycling Centre is open with the reduced opening hours of 10am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.

Ashton Playing Fields is open with limited opening hours.

All leisure centres are open but using the facilities will be different.

Owls Play Centre, Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre and Cricklefields remain closed until further notice.

Places to Go & Things to Do

You can continue to use our Places to Go and Things to Do sections on the website for ideas of activities over the summer. Please note however that these records have not been updated during COVID and therefore there will be some venues or activities that are closed or are restricted at this time. Please ensure you check their website or contact the provider by phone/email before you set off. 

What to do if your child has symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If your child develops any of these symptoms at home they should not return to their childcare or education setting until they have received a negativve COVID test result. If you do not wish to access a test for your child then they must isolate and not to return to education or chlidcare for 10 days. 

Where a child presents symptoms of coronavirus when in their childcare or education setting, they will contact you immediately to make arrangements for your child to be collected and to go home. Families will then be expected to follow the guidance on self-isolation and coronavirus testing.

Further guidance on symptoms, testing and self-isolation is available from the NHS at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.  

Confirmed cases in a childcare or education setting

If it is confirmed that a child or staff member has tested positive for COVID, the childcare or education setting will make contact with those who have been in close contact in the days prior to the individual becoming symptomatic, or where they don't have symptoms in the days prior to receiving a positive test result. 

Everyone in contact with the confirmed case, both children and staff, will be asked to isolate for 14 days. Those asked to isolate should only access a test if they get symptoms. A negative test within the 14 days would not enable return to the setting and the individual would still need to isolate for the full 14 days.  

Guidance on self-isolation is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/. 

Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing

The Council’s Education Psychology service has set up a helpdesk which can provide specific advice and guidance. You can access the helpline on 07741 331009 Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 12pm, Wednesday evening from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

In addition, YOUNG MINDS have produced a guide for children’s well-being which you can access at https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
 
You can find additional advice and guidance from the Place 2 Be children’s charity to support child and family mental well being here
https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

Public Health England have also published a guide for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak. Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Talking to children about coronavirus

YOU CAN FIND THE LATEST ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH ON CORONAVIRUS HERE

 

YOU CAN FIND GOVERNMENT ADVICE ABOUT SELF ISOLATION HERE

 

YOU WILL FIND A LINK TO A CHILD-FRIENDLY PRESENTATION ABOUT THE VIRUS IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT LANGUAGES HERE

 

BBC NEWSROUND HAVE PUBLISHED A SHORT ONLINE VIDEO FOR CHILDREN HERE

 

THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY HAVE PUBLISHED ADVICE FOR PARENTS WHICH YOU CAN FIND HERE

 

THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HAVE PUBLISHED A SHORT GUIDE FOR PARENTS ABOUT FAMILY SELF-ISOLATION WHICH YOU CAN ACCESS HERE

 

MENCAP HAVE PREPARED A SHORT GUIDANCE LEAFLET ABOUT THECORONAVIRUS WHICH YOU CAN ACCESS HERE

 

THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION HAVE ALSO PRODUCED ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS ABOUT SCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE WHICH YOU CAN ACCESS HERE

 

THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION HAVE ALSO SET UP A PHONE AND EMAIL HELPLINE WHICH YOU CAN ACCESS HERE

Supporting children’s learning at home?

Primary school children 

 

Children under 5 years

 

 

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