Coronavirus: Returning to education

Going back to school for the 2020/21 school year

Schools in Rotherham will be welcoming all children back in September 2020 for the start of the new school year.

Two boys at primary school learning about time with teacher and clock

Although for many children this will be the first time back in school since coronavirus lockdown measures began in March, in fact the majority of schools in the borough have remained open throughout, initially to vulnerable children and the children of key workers and then, from June, widening the offer to some primary school years and some face-to-face time for many secondary school pupils.
As schools now plan for a return to full capacity, we are confident that they are well prepared, with appropriate measures in place to suit individual circumstances.
We know that, understandably, some parents may still have some concerns or questions in terms of steps taken or temporary changes that have been made in response to coronavirus.
To support teachers, other school staff, parents, carers and children we have prepared some useful Frequently Asked Questions about different aspects of school provision for the 2020/21 school year, which you can access from this page.
These are based on current guidance as at the time of writing and will be updated if aspects change throughout the year (the date of the last update will be displayed at the top of each page).


Early Years & Childcare providers

Since 1st June, early years settings, including childminders, have been able to welcome back children of all ages. The Early Years and Childcare service is continuing to work with the early years sector to ensure there is sufficient, safe, appropriate and affordable childcare available for those returning to work now, and for all families who need it in the longer term.
Early education places are free for all 3 and 4 years olds (570 hours per year) and some 2 year olds may also be eligible; some 3 and 4-year-olds may be eligible for 30 hours free childcare a week.
If you would like details of provision and support to find a childcare place or to see if your child is eligible for free early education or 30 hours free childcare please contact the Families Information Service on 01709 822 429.