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Schools and Childcare: Information for parents and carers


Schools within the borough of Rochdale will remain open to all those children of keyworkers and vulnerable children.


We are currently working to ensure that childcare settings remain open to all those children of keyworkers and vulnerable children. In some circumstances childcare settings may need to merge together to provide care.

Where there are no places available or settings have had to close due to staff isolation, we will assist you to find an alternative setting for your child. Please contact Rochdale Family Information Service at


Who is a vulnerable child?

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Read the full guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people

Coronavirus Information for families of children/young people with SEND

Please read an open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

You can the read the letter here.

Who is classed as a 'Keyworker'?

Guidance for Ofsted-registered childcare providers

This guidance covers Ofsted-registered childcare providers for children of all ages, including childminders, nurseries and wraparound childcare and clubs (before- and after- school and holiday care). This guidance does not cover nannies or au pairs, as they work in the child/children’s family home.

Read the full guidance list below:

Who to contact for further help

If you need assistance with a school place and your child is classed as vulnerable or you are a keyworker needing childcare, please contact:

Rochdale Family Information Service at

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