The guidance is additional guidance for pre-school education settings, to be read alongside the overarching Northern Ireland Re-opening School Guidance - New School Day.
Public health advice at the time of school opening will always prevail over the aspirational planning assumptions made within this guidance.
The guidance, part of an overall Restart Programme, has been co-designed by the Department of Education, school and pre-school leaders and key partners. It has been informed by judgments based on the scientific and public health advice available at the time of writing and should be read and applied in conjunction with the latest public health guidance available here. Given the changing scientific and public health environment, this guidance will change in line with the latest advice and as such should be treated as ‘agile’ guidance.
Where this guidance states that education authorities and schools:
• “should” do something, there is a clear expectation that it should be done; and
• “may” or “may wish” to do something, the relevant sections have been included as examples of relevant practice that can be considered if appropriate. Local variations are likely.