Schools, education and childcare

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Alert

Attendance is now mandatory for children aged 5 to 16 as schools are re opened.

Schools, with support from the Council and others are have put appropriate control measures in place and detailed risk assessments have being drawn up and signed off to ensure schools are as practically safe as is possible.

We are working with Public Heath England and other partners to make sure our local plans are effective and regularly updated. 

Detailed risk assessments are being drawn up and signed off to ensure schools are as practically safe as is possible to welcome all children and young people back. 

Schools, with support from the Council and others are putting appropriate control measures in place and planning how they will safely group children on their return to school.  Each school will communicate its plans for September to parents and carers.

We are working with Public Heath England and other partners to make sure our local plans are effective and regularly updated. 

Download the Waltham Forest children returning to school booklet

Read gov.uk guidance about returning safely

Measures in place Click to get info

Protective measures in place to support staff and pupils include:

  • Grouping children together in consistent groups as far as possible
  • Limiting contact between groups
  • Promoting good hygiene practices, such as regular hand washing

Curriculum Click to get info

The Government has indicated that a full curriculum should be delivered with some scope for short term adjustments. 

From September in several schools you may see a “recovery curriculum” being delivered for a term or possibly slightly longer.  This is to support children and young people back into effective learning. 

We are supporting schools, where necessary, in refreshing their remote learning and access to online resources.

Travelling to school Click to get info

We would like to encourage all parents, carers and students to walk or cycle to school for short journeys, this will reduce the demand on public transport at peak times.

Please look out for local schemes to support alternative means of travel to school.

Planned changes to Transport for London (TFL)

As part of plans to help schools safely reopen and get London moving again TFL are planning some changes to their services.

Plans include

  • To add over 230 extra buses to the network to bolster some of the busiest low frequency routes for schoolchildren to travel on, including adding more vehicles to our existing school bus services 
  • In addition, TFL are to designate some existing regular buses as School Services, which would be prioritised for school travel and would operate at full seated capacity, as is permitted by Government guidelines for school bus services.
    • Signs will indicate these are School Services and they are planned to operate on:
    • Around half of all buses during school travel times on certain high frequency routes
    • All the extra buses are being added to lower-frequency routes
    • All buses to existing school services  

Making journeys safer

School Services will help free up non school services for other customers. Customers are encouraged to use the bus network to plan journeys in advance, travel at quiet times and outside of school travel times, and allow more time to complete journeys. Schoolchildren travelling without adults should travel on the designated school services where provided, to help provide space for other customers on regular services. Regular services will continue to have lower capacity limits to support social distancing, in line with Government guidelines.

Government guidance when using public transport

Customers aged 11 and over are required to wear a face covering when using public transport services (including our school services) or stations, or taxi and private hire services, unless they are exempt on health or equality grounds. People are advised anyone exempt from wearing a face covering to carry an exemption card.

Government guidance in face coverings

People are advised to carry hand sanitiser and wash their hands before and after they travel.  Planned service changes are proposed to remain in place until at least the end of October, although could be subject to change.

Changes to bus routes in the Borough

Route

Boroughs served

From

To

20

Waltham forest

Walthamstow bus station

Burton road

34

Waltham forest

Barnet high street / barnet church

Walthamstow bus station

55

Waltham forest

Walthamstow bus station

Great titchfield street

58

Waltham forest

East ham / central park

Walthamstow bus station

66

Waltham forest

Romford station

Leytonstone station

97

Waltham forest

Chingford station

Stratford city bus station

123

Waltham forest

Lordship lane

Hainault street

145

Waltham forest

Dagenham asda

Leytonstone station

212

Waltham forest

Chingford station

St james street station

215

Waltham forest

Lee valley campsite

Walthamstow bus station

257

Waltham forest

Stratford bus station [dlr]

Walthamstow bus station

275

Waltham forest

St james street station

Barkingside tesco

313

Waltham forest

Chingford station

Dame alice owen's school

339

Waltham forest

Leytonstone stn / grove green road

Shadwell station [dlr]

357

Waltham forest

Chingdale road

Whipps cross bus stand/whipps cross hospital a&e

379

Waltham forest

Chingford station

Yardley lane estate

397

Waltham forest

Salisbury hall sainsburys

The broadway

444

Waltham forest

Turnpike lane bus station

Chingford station

W11

Waltham forest

Chingford hall estate

Walthamstow bus station

W13

Waltham forest

Leytonstone station

St thomas of canterbury church

W15

Waltham forest

William morris school

Hackney town hall

W16

Waltham forest

Chingford mount

Leytonstone station/ grove green road

W19

Waltham forest

Staffa road

Hainault street

 

Route

Borough(s) served

From

To

Implementation date

Additional buses: morning peak

Additional buses: afternoon peak

657

WALTHAM FOREST

SALISBURY HALL SAINSBURYS

BANCROFT'S SCHOOL

01/09/2020

1

1

675

WALTHAM FOREST

ST JAMES STREET STATION

BROADMEAD ROAD

01/09/2020

0

0

679

WALTHAM FOREST

BANCROFT'S SCHOOL

GOODMAYES LANE

01/09/2020

0

1

More information

Free Early Education Click to get info

Free Early Education and Ofsted registered Childcare providers response

We are extremely proud of the response so far from Ofsted registered Childcare providers in Waltham Forest who have been working tirelessly throughout the lockdown period:

  • providing places for children of key workers;
  • supporting our most vulnerable children and families; and
  • providing materials to support families with their children’s home education

Find full details regarding the principles of safely increasing attendance in Ofsted registered Childcare settings from June 2020, and details regarding finding suitable childcare 

Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) provision for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Some School Nursery Classes and Ofsted Registered Childcare providers may not be able to provide the FEEE provision straight away. If parents would like to take up their free early education hours but their usual provider is unable to offer this yet, please contact the Childcare Team for support to find an alternative provider

Childcare options:

Waltham Forest Educational Psychology Service (EPS) are providing a telephone consultation service to parents and carers.

At this time, there can be increased pressure on families, especially those with vulnerable children.

The EPS consultation service is available to families who may want support with:

  • Emotional support for yourself or your child’s emotional health and well being
  • Talking to your children about COVID19 and the ongoing situation
  • Supporting learning
  • Managing behaviour
  • Accessing information and resources

The consultation service is open to all families in Waltham Forest. If you would like to arrange a consultation please contact the Educational Psychology Service

Financial support Click to get info

For information and advice relating to financial assistance, Citizens Advice Waltham Forest have Help to Claim advisers who can assist in the early stages of applying for Universal Credit.

There is also information on our Community Support Services webpage including our main food bank partners and health and wellbeing services.