COVID-19: Children, Education and School closures

Advice for parents, schools, nurseries and children’s centres.

Children and education

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be disruptions to the usual services offered by the Council and its services, children’s centres, youth clubs and schools, including the usual access to meals and in-school support. 

Family Information Service

Families in Kensington and Chelsea can get advice and inspiration during the Covid-19 pandemic using the Family Information Service. The site has resources for parents to support children’s learning at home and activities for those aged under five all the way up to those ready to start secondary school. Learning and teaching from home is a new and unfamiliar situation for countless families across the country, and the Family Information Service site has tips for that too, with smart tricks on how to convert regular things you’ll have around the house into immersive lessons and activities. Visit the Family Information Service website for this and more.

Support available to you at this time

Current unprecedented events may affect the emotional wellbeing and mental health of many children and young people in the borough. It is critical that all children, young people and their families are aware of the support available to them and can access this over the coming weeks and months.

There is a wide range of support available online, by phone and by text message. In addition to this, our usual face-to-face services are changing the way they work so that they can continue to provide support remotely. 

Healthy London has developed a Mental Health Toolkit for schools in partnership with Public Health, the NHS, London Councils and the Mayor of London to support children with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. Schools, health care professionals and commissioners can use the toolkit for information and guidance on how to promote emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Read the Knowing your mental health leaflet for information and contact details of organisations that are available to help.

Knowing your mental health

Access to resources and information that may be useful to families and those working with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are available on our SEND Local Offer website.