Services & Information
Children and Education
Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Young people's mental health and wellbeing
Advice for parents and carers looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people.
The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) has a dedicated Coronavirus hub, which aims to provide a single point of access for anyone needing information and resources in relation to safeguarding children and young people.
For government information on the cancellation of GCSE's AS and A levels visit:
ECC is supporting a government campaign to support families to access online educational materials. The Department for Education (DfE) has announced further support for schools, families and young people during the current school closures. This includes the launch of the Oak National Academy, a new, government-backed online learning resource. It provides 180 video lessons each week for every year group - from Reception through to Year 10 - across a range of subjects, including maths, art and languages. The BBC has also launched its own education package, BBC Bitesize Daily. This will deliver a tailored day of learning across TV and online, with curriculum-relevant offers for Years 1 to 10.
These resources are alongside new Government guidance for parents on how to best support their child's education and development. These offers and guidance join the range of existing resources and tools schools have been using to support young people in their learning at home. ECC is working with Essex schools on rolling out these new offers which, together, are aimed at minimising disruption to children's education and providing rhythm and routine in these challenging times.
Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home. Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus. Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to families electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access. The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and M&S, with the Department working to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.
The Government has confirmed that parents who are normally eligible for 30 hours free childcare or tax-free childcare will remain eligible for these entitlements during the summer term even if their income falls below the usual requirement due to COVID-19. Councils have also been asked to extend the validity dates on 30 hours codes received by parents who are critical workers during the summer term so that those who are eligible can still access the childcare offer even if they missed their reconfirmation date or application deadline of 31 March 2020.
List of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Guidance about children supported through social care, with EHC plans or identified as vulnerable by their school or local authority.
The government has put in place a number of funding and financial measures to support organisations - both public and private - during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These are intended to be temporary, timely and targeted, to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption. This guidance sets out the financial support that is available for different types of education, early years and children's social care providers in England.
Page updated 18/05/2020