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Coronavirus (COVID-19): physical distancing in education and childcare settings

Advice for schools and childcare settings who are providing care to children during the pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): physical distancing in education and childcare settings


This guidance is intended to ensure provision made within education and childcare settings is as safe as possible for staff and children. 

Physical distancing, hygiene and self-isolation of those showing symptoms or living with someone showing symptoms will minimise the risk of transmission of infection. 

While staff may feel apprehensive about the risks, it is important to remember that with adherence to guidelines, provision can be made far safer. 

From 20 March 2020, schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings in Scotland closed for all but the most vulnerable children and for children of key workers. The aim of this is to reduce spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

Where a child does attend the school setting then this should be for the minimum amount of time required. It is important to ensure that there is adequate provision for these children, if not then there is a potential risk to the child (if vulnerable) or potentially to other family members if elderly grandparents are asked to care for the children.

Further information can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): school closure guidance for key workers.