Thank you for contacting me about the impact of coronavirus on out of school settings.
I recognise how disruptive and difficult this virus has been on our society. Out-of-school settings play an important role in providing enriching activities, giving children the opportunity to socialise with others outside their household and promoting their wellbeing. These settings also provide additional childcare options to parents and carers, particularly those with younger children, who may need to return to or continue to work during the school holidays.
Under the new autumn restrictions, out-of-school activities (including wraparound care) may continue to operate if their primary purpose is providing registered childcare, or where they are offering other childcare activities.
Out-of-school activities that are primarily used by home educating parents as part of their arrangements for their child to receive a suitable full-time education (which could include, for example, tuition centres, supplementary schools, or private tutors) may also continue to operate for the duration of the national restrictions.
For the time being, out of school settings should not be offering overnight or residential provision for children. Ministers are keeping this position under review and continue to be guided by the best scientific and medical advice to ensure that the right decisions are taken at the right time. Youth support services, including 1-1 youth work and support groups, may also continue to operate.
All other out of school activities, not being primarily used by parents for these purposes, should close for face-to-face provision for the duration of the national restrictions.