Schools, children and families' services

Schools, nurseries and childminders

Please read government guidelines about opening childcare, schools and colleges from 1 June.

All schools and nurseries in East Sussex are currently closed and children should stay at home if safe to do so.

There are limited school places for:

See also:

Keyworkers and parents of vulnerable children or young people

Please first contact your child’s school, nursery or college to see what childcare may be available. You should only seek to find childcare at a school or college if you have considered all other options.

Free school meals

Schools and colleges are trying to continue to provide free school meals, but this will vary from school to school and may include deliveries or food parcels.

Please beware of scams. Schools will NOT ask you for bank details.

If your school is closed, contact Children’s Services.

Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

If you have any concerns about SEN provision, please speak to the school or college first. If your child is already supported by an ISEND service and you have any queries, please make contact with that service directly. All ISEND services are currently operational and we will do our very best to support you where we can.

Our ISEND, CLASS+ and IGO facebook pages are updated regularly with support and advice for parents with children with SEND at home. There are resources and activities, plus support for talking to your child about the changes in their lives.

If you still have concerns, contact Children’s Services.

Cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

Answers to common questions about why the exams have been cancelled on GOV.UK.

Children’s Centres and health visitors

All children’s centres are now closed. Please see the Children’s Centre Facebook pages for your local centre. They will be posting advice and guidance on a range of topics.

If you have a keyworker and you have concerns, get in touch directly with your keyworker. If you have a health visitor and you have concerns, get in touch directly with your health visitor.

If you need urgent advice, contact us (see below).

Contact Children's Services

If you need urgent advice, please call 0345 60 80 192 (10am-3pm) or email the Children’s Services customer relations team.

Links to help and support for parents