COVID-19

Brighter Futures for Children is following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) and we are working in close partnership with Reading Borough Council and the NHS.

We will update these pages frequently – as and when information is released or changes.

The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home, in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Update 8 April

Information about the Easter holidays, examinations and educational resources has been updated in guidance for parents and carers.

The list of schools with free schools meals vouchers in place has been updated – see this on our local services page here.

Update 7 April

The Government has announced a package of support, including funding and high-quality resources, to help schools and parents cope in the current situation.

Updated guidance on social distancing in education and childcare settings can be read here.

Update 3 April

A full list of schools, nurseries and other under 5 provision available to children of key workers open during the Easter break can be found on this site.

Ofqual, which regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England, has today released details of how GCSEs, AS and A levels will be awarded this summer. Read details here.

This follows the earlier announcement that all exams would be cancelled this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Update 31 March

The Mental Health Support Team have revised their services following recent government advice around Covid-19. See their updated position statement.

Update 29 March

Public Health England have released new guidance for the public on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Read their important and useful advice here.

Update 27 March

Free School Meals – information on the voucher scheme and which schools are participating is now on this website, under Services affected

One Reading Community Hub is now up and running. The service is for any residents needing additional support or for anyone wanting to offer a helping hand.  If you or someone you know needs support, or for those wanting to volunteer, visit the website  or call the support and Volunteer Line 0808 1894325.

Update 26 March

The Government published new guidance on how to implement social distancing in education and childcare settings, including advice for individuals in vulnerable health groups. Read this here.

It is important to also read the overall guidance for social distancing.

Update 24 March

Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation yesterday (23 March), the advice continues to be for all parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible.

There is no change in guidance for education settings, which remain closed except for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. Full stay at home guidance can be read here.

Update 22 March 

Key workers’ child/ren school places: As many Reading schools and nurseries as possible  will be open to children of key workers only (see definition here) and to vulnerable children from Monday, 23 March.

However, if you are a key worker and it is at all possible for you to keep your child/ren at home (and still be able to work), then please do so.

News on any school closures in the borough are being listed at: https://www.reading.gov.uk/keyworkerschools but please also check individual school websites, social media feeds or listen to local radio stations for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

We will publish advice on alternative arrangements if a school /nursery does close here, as soon as we get that information. Your school /nursery will also contact you about alternative arrangements.

Update 21 March

The Department for Education issued further details, on Friday 20 March, regarding arrangements following the cancellation of this summer’s  exams, including GCSE and A Level.

You can read this update here.