In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government asked early years settings, schools, and colleges to close from Friday 20 March 2020 to all children except those of critical workers and those classified as vulnerable.
From 1 June, the government asked schools to welcome back children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside children of critical workers and vulnerable children from all years. Early years settings were also asked to begin welcoming back all children from 1 June.
From 15 June, secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges were asked to begin providing face-to-face support to students in year 10 and 12 to supplement their learning from home, alongside full-time provision for students from priority groups.
By 17 July, most schools and colleges had closed for the summer holiday. Early years settings typically remain open during the summer holidays.
Education settings survey
To help understand the impact of these decisions, the Department for Education (DfE) established a survey of schools and colleges in England. Schools and colleges are asked to report information to DfE each day, including the number of children and staff in attendance if they are open and when they plan to reopen if they are closed.
Local authority early years survey
To help understand the impact of these decisions, from 6 April 2020, the Department of Education (DfE) asked local authorities (LAs) to regularly report to the DfE information on the number of children in attendance, including the number of settings open or closed. The focus of this survey was narrowed to early years settings from 16 April.
This data release includes data for early years settings from 16 April to 27 August. The education settings survey closed on 17 July, when most schools and colleges closed for summer. A summary of attendance in schools and colleges until the survey closed can be found in the 21 July publication here.
The early years local authority survey will continue on a weekly basis during the summer period, as most settings will continue to make childcare provision. Data on early years attendance will be published on a fortnightly basis, with the next publication on 1 September.
The narrative in this document focuses on Thursday 27 August to maintain comparability with previous weeks