Schools and learning

Update on early years/childcare provision from August - published 26 June

The Scottish Government published guidance on how local authority nurseries are to operate from August 2020 whilst we move through phases of its route map out of lockdown from COVID-19. The Care Inspectorate and Public Health Scotland have also updated their guidance to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place to protect children, families and staff.

We have developed information to explain how this affects early years and childcare provision in East Lothian. Read more.

Update on plans for pupils to return to schools in August - published 23 June

Chief Operating Officer for Education Lesley Brown has written to parents regarding pupils' return to school in August. This follows the announcement that the Scottish Government’s planning assumption is now to have all pupils returning to schools in August if it safe to do so. Read the letter. 

Children's Hubs

Since opening on 25 March, our six Children’s Hubs have been providing emergency learning and childcare for key workers. Find out more. 

Enquiries in relation to Children's Hubs can be emailed to [email protected] 

Educational psychology service

We appreciate that the ongoing closure of schools and other public restrictions will be challenging for some families, children and young people who may not feel they have anyone to talk to when experiencing difficult times including anxiety, stress or bereavement. If you require support or assistance, our Educational Psychology Service remains on hand to help. The team can signpost you to a variety of useful resources and materials. The team has developed information on how to manage emotions and discussions in relation to school closures.

Information for parents

Information for children and young people

To get in touch email [email protected]  

Free school meals and Clothing grants 

Read our latest update on free school meals and clothing grants 

Active schools

All activities have been suspended until further notice. Local clubs may still be operating at this time and you are advised to contact the activity organiser direclty to find out their latest position. 

East Lothian Works

All prevocational, foundation apprenticeship and school college partnership courses have been suspended. This includes community-based East Lothian Works activities and the Adult Learning Programme. 

Adult Learning Programme

Due to the continued response to COVID-19 we have taken the decision to postpone the autumn term of the Adult Learning Programme. 

We apologise for any uncertainty and understand that this decision will be disappointing; our focus however must be on responding to the challenges of coronavirus. This has had implications for our school spaces, community lets and our own staffing resources. Our immediate priority is to respond to people who are facing economic uncertainty due to COVID-19 and support them with employability, workplace training, and job opportunities. 

This decision will be reviewed later in the year and we will keep tutors and learners informed. 

Team East Lothian AC

All community coaching sessions have been suspended for the immediate future. The coaches look forward to welcoming children back when it is appropriate to do so.