Coronavirus updated advice

Latest updates on the government's response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Open letter from Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

Flexibility to use early years entitlement funding to secure childcare for children of critical workers and vulnerable children

Local authorities will, in exceptional cases, be able to redistribute their free childcare entitlement funding differently to ensure sufficient childcare places are available for the children of critical workers and for vulnerable children, where their usual arrangements are no longer possible as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We have updated our guidance on early years and childcare closures for local authorities, early years settings and childminders to include this information.

The guidance can be found here:


Social distancing

Employer support in response to coronavirus

The government has published a full range of support measures for UK employers and employees:

Coronavirus: business-support


Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.UK:

Coronavirus: guidance for schools and other education settings

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.  The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

DfE helpline


Other links

Updated 3 April 2020