Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

Nursery to reception

Starting school is an exciting time for all involved. Schools are making preparations for when your little one starts - so rest assured every effort will be made to make their first day extra special.

Children starting reception in September will experience some changes to how they learn. All schools will be making preparations for when your child arrives based on the latest government guidance.

All schools will be in contact with pre-schools/nurseries and child minders to find out when your child will be starting school. This will help local schools plan and prepare ahead of a September start. 

While every effort has been made to update this information, parents/carers should regularly check the school's website. If your child has additional needs, please contact the school who can reassure you and discuss what options are available to support your child.  

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Year 2 to year 3

Going from year 2 to year 3 is a positive experience as children begin the next stage of school life. Teachers and school staff are ready to welcome your child into year 3 from September.

Schools across the city are following national guidance set out by the government for the safe return of all pupils after summer. All schools are taking the necessary steps to protect your child's wellbeing and education. While some approaches to this will be different, you should speak to the school or check their website for more information. 

Year 6 to year 7

Moving from year 6 to year 7 might look a little different than normal however schools in Portsmouth are making every effort to provide the support you need during this time.

Many schools are still offering site visits either in small groups or virtually. Please check with the school your child is moving to as details will vary across the city. Additional information on your child's next steps will be made available in the coming weeks by the school they are moving to. 

If your child has additional needs, schools will be more than happy to help. Parents/carers should contact their school to discuss their requirements. 

Year 11 to further education

The government recently outlined plans for students moving from year 11 onto further education and how they will progress. There's information on our page about exam cancellations.

Those progressing from year 11 to further education may have questions around what's next. Flying Start Portsmouth was recently launched to provide parents/carers of year 11s with information they need when moving to college, apprenticeships or careers.

If your young person is moving onto further education in September, you should contact your education provider for more information. While some students will already know what they want to do, Flying Start Portsmouth can support those who do not have a plan with expert career advice and guidance.

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