School age childcare services will continue to be subject to the same opening restrictions that came into effect on 26 December 2020. This means that services may only open to vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The Sub-Group noted the important role of school age childcare in supporting the most vulnerable children, and strongly supported continued access to these services, including breakfast clubs that support children facing food insecurity. However the sub-group advised on a cautious approach to the gradual re-opening of services. To minimise any potential spread of the virus, this is focusing, in the first instance, on settings that present the lowest risk. The decision to prioritise the return to ELC reflects the evidence that younger children are at lower risk from COVID, the role that ELC plays in supporting children’s development, and the challenge of delivering this crucial support remotely The next meeting of the Advisory Sub-Group will assess the impact of the first phase of the return to schools and review the reopening of school age childcare.