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Updated Covid 19 Guidelines for Children’s Activities Sector (01/12/2020)

01 Dec 2020 9:36 AM | Anonymous


This update follows on from the CAA guidance document circulated on 27 November 2020 and which summarised the then published government guidance on the tier restrictions which are due to come into force in England on 2 December 2020, and how these relate to children’s activity providers.

The legislation which will be voted on by MPs on 1 December 2020 and which underpins the guidance has now been released.

It can be found at

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1374/pdfs/uksi_20201374_en.pdf

The legislation sets out what is and is not permitted in each tier.

The restrictions on gatherings in each tier are followed by a set of exceptions – circumstances in which a gathering can take place.

The following excerpts refer to parent and child groups:

Tier 1 Exception 19: parent and child groups

S.26 Exception 19 is that the gathering is of a parent and child group which is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body for the benefit of children under the age of five and—

(a) the gathering consists of no more than 15 persons, and

(b) the gathering takes place at premises other than a private dwelling.

S.27 In determining whether the limit in sub-paragraph (26)(a) is complied with, no account is to be taken of any child who is below the age of five.

Tier 2 Exception 17: parent and child groups

S.23 Exception 16 is that the gathering is of a parent and child group which is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body for the benefit of children under the age of five and—

(a) the gathering consists of no more than 15 persons, and

(b) the gathering takes place at premises other than a private dwelling.

S.24 In determining whether the limit in sub-paragraph(23) (a) is complied with, no account is to be taken of any child who is below the age of five.

Tier 3 Exception 16: parent and child groups

S.21 Exception 16 is that the gathering is of a parent and child group which is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body for the benefit of children under the age of five and—

(a) the gathering consists of no more than 15 persons, and

(b) the gathering takes place at premises other than a private dwelling.

S.22 In determining whether the limit in sub-paragraph (21) (a) is complied with, no account is to be taken of any child who is below the age of five.

The guidance on out of school settings (OOSS) and after school clubs was updated by the Department of Education on 27 November 2020. That full document can be found at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

This does not appear to contain any material changes to mode of operation post first lockdown and the same guidance regarding keeping children in consistent groups, numbers etc apply.

The guidance for parents and carers attending OOS settings can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

An additional paragraph has been added to confirm that parent and child groups can continue throughout all three tiers.

All providers should of course already have put all necessary measures in place to ensure that households are socially distanced and do not mix, that all activities and venues are properly risk assessed and that all necessary and appropriate measures have been taken to minimise the risk of transmission, as well as complying with Track and Trace requirements.

The CAA will of course continue to keep its members and providers updated as to any changes to the legislation and guidance and as always, if a provider is in any doubt about their position then they should contact their local authority for advice.

We will continue to navigate these difficult times together. Together we are stronger.


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