Over the last few days we have seen a difference in views between parents and settings about whether a child with an EHCP is safer at nursery or at home.

The latest Government advice is clear that each situation should be risk-assessed and centre on the child in terms of:

  • their health
  • the health of others
  • safety
  • wellbeing, in particular in terms of impact of change in routine
  • the capacity to deliver requirements of their plan, including any mitigation’s that can be put in place

Early Years providers are expected to make their decisions in consultation with the local authority. We have developed the attached risk assessment template which may be helpful for all settings to use if required.

 COVID-19 Risk Assessment Template

Reason for completing this risk assessment:

It is likely that in most cases education provision leaders will support parent (s)/ carer (s) decisions about where their child is safer, therefore removing the need to complete a written risk assessment. Should a decision be harder to make, completing this risk assessment may help.