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Coronavirus (COVID-19): early learning and childcare services

Non-statutory guidance to support the continued safe operation of ELC settings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): early learning and childcare services
Singing, music and drama

Singing, music and drama

Advice from the Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues shows that there are increased transmission risks associated with music and drama activities.

The sub-group has now reconsidered its advice in the light of the ongoing success of the vaccination programme, and the importance of singing for the health and wellbeing of children well as their social, physical and cognitive development.

Table 4: singing

Level 0 and below

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4/Stay local

Singing indoors and outdoors is permitted



At levels 3, 2 and 1, singing outdoors and indoors is permitted for children and adults in ELC settings, as long as careful attention is paid to ensuring effective and adequate ventilation and subject to risk assessment and other risk mitigation measures being implemented. Other risk mitigations include singing: outdoors or indoors in large, well ventilated spaces; at low volume; for short periods of time; in small groups; and with greater physical distancing between adults.


Singing should not happen indoors as an organised large group activity.

At any protection level, children need not be discouraged from singing naturally in the course of activities and play and singing can also be used to comfort young children when necessary.

Lead-in time for adapting to change in protection level: as soon as the protection level increases

First published: 11 Aug 2021 Last updated: 11 Oct 2021 -