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Information about schools and childcare during COVID-19

Our schools remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus. A carefully phased return to school for some year groups started on 1 June.

Vulnerable children and children of critical workers

See who are classed as critical workers and vulnerable children. 

Phased reopening of schools and educational settings

Lewisham schools and childcare providers have done a fantastic job during the present crisis. As they have done throughout the whole of this difficult pandemic period, Lewisham’s schools remain open to support children of critical workers and vulnerable children.

Read the full Government guidance on schools reopening.

Schools have undertaken careful planning and risk assessments, following guidance provided by the Department for Education, and taking into account the welfare of both children and adults.

Decisions to increase numbers in school and the timing of a phased return of year groups are being taken by individual schools in close consultation with teachers, staff and parents.

It remains a parent’s choice to decide whether to send their child back to school. Lewisham schools have now written to parents to advise on specific plans for their school. Children from Nursery, Reception, Year One and Year Six can only return to school when they have received a start date from their school.

Read an open letter to Lewisham headteachers and governors from Councillor Chris Barnham.

Help with finding childcare if you are a critical worker 


If you need more information about schools and school closures, please contact your school directly, or the Lewisham Attendance Team:

• Phone: 020 8314 9567
• Email: AWS@lewisham.gov.uk
• Opening hours: Telephone lines are open 9.00am to 3.00pm (Monday to Friday)

If you are a critical worker and need help with finding childcare for pre-school or school-age children, please call our Family Information Service.

• Phone: 020 8314 3940
• Email: FIS@lewisham.gov.uk
• Opening hours: Telephone lines are open 10.00am to 4.00pm (Monday to Friday), emails checked every day

Department for Education guidance for parents

You can find the latest guidance for parents on the closure of educational settings published by Department for Education. There is a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

• Phone: 0800 046 8687
• Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
• Opening hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm (Monday to Friday)