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Coronavirus

Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on here are still in the process of posting service updates. Many phone lines and websites are still available, but some contact details have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at dos@reading.gov.uk or fis@reading.gov.uk

Coronavirus ~ Latest advice for all residents (with link to Easy Read information tab)

Where to find information

The latest guidance.  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Advice for households with suspected coronavirus infection.  The full guidance is available here.

Information on schools, childcare and other educational settings closure, for parent carers. Rolling update from Ofsted Ofsted ~ Coronavirus Covid-19 Rolling Update

Government Guidance ~ What parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Government Guide ~ Covid-19 Implementing Social Distancing in Education & Childcare Settings

The University of Chichester with MESH & VSO have produced ‘A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Early Learning and Development at Home (0 - 5 years)' to support families during Coronavirus pandemic. SKIP for Early Years Educators ~ Covid-19 Family Booklet

Please find below some resources that may be helpful for parent carers of children and young people with SEND or children and young people themselves.

Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the Coronavirus for places of education. You can download it here.

Local Response:

New One Reading Community Hub Support 

0808 1894325

If you need extra help during the Coronavirus outbreak - or if you want to offer a helping hand

Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND)

Minister for Children, Young People and Families' Open Letter to the SEND sector in relation to activity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) has received and actioned requests made in the open letter Vicky Ford, Minister for Children, Young People and Families, sent to the SEND sector. 

BFfC is committed to working with key partners including schools, childcare settings and the voluntary sector to ensure the needs of children and young people with SEND are met, and that they and their families are supported throughout this difficult time.

Page last updated: 15/05/2020

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