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Leisure: Children

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 72144, tabled on 10 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to the children's activity sector on the reopening of facilities for children under the age of five from 4 July 2010.

Answered on

15 July 2020

Providers of activities for under 5 year olds operating from multi-purpose community facilities should refer to the COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities). Section 3a confirms Community facilities can open for the provision of services for children and young people, however they should ensure that people from different households can socially distance from anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble, and should not facilitate indoor sports or fitness activity.

Ofsted registered early years childcare providers have been open to all children since 1 June and should refer to the following guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures.

Providers of activities for children aged over 5 years olds should refer to guidance on protective measures for out of school settings:(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).

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