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Government updates guidelines for providers of extra curricular activities

February 5, 2021

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New guidelines released yesterday have shed some much-needed light on sessions led by activities providers for children. Activity providers can now run after school clubs, holiday clubs, community activities, and any other activities for children aged 5 and above.

Currently, these guidelines are specific to the children of key workers and other children in vulnerable circumstances. The current changes improve access to extra-curricular activity, especially for those worst affected by poverty, with further provisions to help support key workers.

Children with disabilities and special education needs are now eligible, with more advice available from children’s social care services.

Protective measures should be implemented to protect children and staff from any possibility of contracting the virus. These measures include minimising contact with staff, frequent cleaning of often-touched surfaces, and making sure children maintain bubbles during activity.

No live performances or non-essential parental visits will be permitted, and all pick-ups must be socially distanced and staggered.

For more advice on how your service can adapt to these new measures, see guidelines here.

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