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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.

Summer holiday childcare and activities

Lewisham schools will be closing for the summer holidays. Organisations across the borough will be providing a range of childcare and activities for children and young people during the summer.

Find information about available spaces, activities offered and costs.

If you need help finding childcare or activities during the summer holidays, call our Family Information Service (FIS) on 020 8314 3940 or email fis@lewisham.gov.uk. Phone lines are open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.

Preparations are also already underway for a full return to school in September, so parents should expect to receive more information from their child’s school directly.

Support with mental health and wellbeing for children and young people during the summer holidays

Compass @ The Hub is a free and confidential service for young people aged 10-19.
They have a friendly team of staff who can offer you one-to-one advice, guidance, and support. They are open Monday to Thursday 9am–5pm, and on Friday from 9am–4:30pm. Contact them confidentially by:

Kooth provides free, anonymous online counselling and emotional well-being support to young people aged 10- 25. They are available to support with anything that is worrying you over the summer holidays. Sign up online, it is quick, easy and anonymous.

There are a number of organisations you can contact if you need urgent support.

Read more about supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Free school meals and help with food for families

If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals next term you can find more information and apply for free school meals.

Find out about community projects that can provide help with food for Lewisham families during the COVID crisis.

Schools and educational settings from September 2020

The government expects all children to return to school on a full-time basis in September 2020. Lewisham schools have been planning carefully to welcome back children and young people after the summer holidays. Schools will be contacting parents and pupils with more information.

The government has also announced that state primary and secondary schools will receive £650 million in additional funding for the 2020/21 academic year. A further £350 million will be used to pay for the establishment of a National Tutoring Programme. This funding will form part of the wider recovery curriculum and individual catch-up programmes which schools are developing for the new school year.

Department for Education guidance for parents

Find out about early years providers, schools and colleges in September. Contact the helpline by calling 0800 046 8687, 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday. or emailing DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk.