Children and family service updates

Children's safeguarding

Find out about safeguarding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Children's centres

Following government guidelines, we are pleased that some activities are starting to return to our children's centres.

We have been working hard make our centres COVID secure so that we can welcome families back. This includes adhering to social distancing rules.

There will be limited services available including a reduced number of spaces on groups and courses and these must be booked in advance.

For development reviews and postnatal appointment queries, call the Health Visitor duty line on 0300 365 6000.

Priority childcare

If you cannot look after your child at home and you are a key worker or the parent of a vulnerable child, please contact us for advice about available childcare provisions by emailing

Child employment licenses

We will consider work permit requests for 13 to 16 year olds on a case by case basis.

Visit our child employment page for more details. 

Children in entertainment licenses

Body of Person's Approvals are currently suspended.

We will consider individual Performance Licence Applications on a case by case basis.

Please see our children in entertainment page for more details. 

Chaperone licenses

We are suspending all in-person chaperone training and ID checks for potential chaperones.

You can still apply for a chaperone license. We will be in touch regarding online training and video ID checks, if possible.

Health visiting service

Berkshire Healthcare are currently prioritising urgent appointments and referrals. Some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently. Services will take place by phone or video link where possible.

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Coronavirus and bereavement

In the coming months, more children and young people are likely to experience bereavement through the effects of the coronavirus. The document below offers support to schools or settings and parents or carers on how to support children and young people who have experienced loss during this uncertain time.