School children at services
Learn about the rules for when a child enrolled in school or home education can be present at an early learning service.
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These regulations must be adhered to by all services, as part of licensing requirements.
Children enrolled in school or home education can't attend an early learning service
Children who are enrolled in school or participating in home education can’t attend an early learning service, either in term time or holidays.
There are two exceptions:
- children under the age of six with an agreed graduated transition plan may attend their early learning service on the days they are not attending school or home education
- children attending out-of-school care offered by a licensed home-based early learning service, as long as certain conditions are met.
If present for short periods
Children enrolled in school or participating in home education can be present at an early learning service for short periods for a specific purpose, as long as they are supervised by an adult who is directly responsible for them. For example:
- dropping off or collecting a younger sibling with a parent
- attending an event with family or teachers, such as watching a performance.
Out-of-school care at a service
Children enrolled in school or participating in home education can continue to attend an out-of-school care programme run by a licensed service. The programme does not count as part of the early learning service, because it runs outside of the service's licenced hours, and in a separate premises during licenced hours.
School enrolment/home education cancellations
Children under the age of six can return to their early learning service if their school enrolment has been cancelled or their home education has stopped.
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