Going to school, college and university from 5 January

A new national lockdown is now in place and new rules apply. You cannot leave your home unless for work, shopping for essentials or exercise.

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Council-run nurseries are open only for vulnerable children and children of key workers. Some Early Years settings remain open. Please check with your provider. Find more information about changes to nursery and early years provision from 7 January

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.

For information about free school meals arrangements please contact your school.

Check if you can get free school meals.


There are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare:

  • vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)
  • parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14 - this is mainly to enable parents to work, and must not be used to enable social contact between adults
  • some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble
  • nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home

The council’s telephone helpline will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 6 January until the end of the following week.

Our email enquiry service is continuing at familyinfo@brighton-hove.gov.uk. We'll review this arrangement at the end of this period.

Wellbeing and mental health support

During lockdown schools will have staff available for you to speak to.

If you have any specific concerns about your child, please contact your school or early years setting directly.

If you are worried about your child’s mental health and wellbeing, we recommend you visit the YMCA DownsLink Group's online ‘e-wellbeing’ resource.

The council’s Schools Wellbeing Service has a consultation line for parents and carers who may be concerned about emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.

If you would like to speak to a mental health worker, please send an email to SWSConsultationLine@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

If you have particular worries or concerns around special educational needs (SEN) issues, please speak to your school SENCo.

If parents can’t get hold of the school SENCo and their child has an EHC plan they can contact their SEN case worker.

Find more information about the support available for children who have SEND

The Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) is running an open email for parents and carers. If you are concerned about your child’s development and emotional wellbeing, please send an email to BHISS@Brighton-hove.gov.uk.