Unregulated Children’s Activities

Carer and toddler groups

Carer and toddler groups can resume in church buildings, indoors from level 3 and outdoors from level 4 so long as the Scottish Government's guidance on organised activities for children is followed alongside the general principles outlined in this section of the guidance document. The following principles apply specifically for carer and toddler groups where all children are under the age of 5:

  • Capacity is based on the number of adults attending being able to physically distance safely within the space and should not exceed a congregations PDBC.
  • Facilitators will also count in relation to the capacity of the building
  • Under 5's do not count towards the capacity limit
  • All individuals aged 12 or over should maintain physical distancing.

Face coverings must be worn at all times except when sitting down (excluding under 5s).

Drama and Music Activities

Drama Groups can resume outdoors at any level and indoors from level 3. Capacity is based on the ability to maintain physical distancing (1m)for all users of the space (between adults, between children over 12 years and between adults and these children)and should not exceed a congregations PDBC. Facilitators will also count in relation to the capacity of the building

Where singing is part of the activity it should only take place indoors for younger children (under 8) from Level 3, under 12s from Level 2, with adults participating indoors from Level 1. Choirs can commence from level 2 outdoors and from level 1 indoors, with appropriate mitigations on physical distancing and increased ventilation.

Further information can be found in the Scottish Government's guidance on organised activities for children.

Breakfast Clubs

Breakfast Clubs can resume within levels 0-4 as they form an important part of the day for children and families as well as providing accessible childcare options for working parents. Churches providing breakfast clubs should operate in line with the guidance provided for regulated school age childcare provision, including setting safe maximum numbers based on the guidance contained and the physical space available. Further information can be found in the Scottish Government's guidance on school-age childcare services.

Birthday Parties (Children under 12)

It is now possible for church buildings to be used by parents to hold a birthday party for children under the age of 12. As children do not need to distance the limit to those attending will be determined by the PDBC of the space being used. It is important to note that there are still strict limits on the number of adults and those over 12 attending. This is determined by the current indoor socialising rules which, at level 0, means a maximum of 10 adults from 4 households may attend and must keep physical distancing between other adults but not from those under 12.

All individuals aged 5 and over should continue to wear face coverings unless there is a medical exemption or those attending are undertaking physical activity or other activities which allow removal.

Food may be served but the Scottish Government's guidance for the hospitality sector must be followed, which includes those eating must be seated and served at their table, and food should not be shared. In practice this means that each person should have their own plate of food and not help themselves from platters in the middle of the table. As in all hall letting situations the person hiring the hall for the party is responsible for all matters of food hygiene and provision and the church should encourage the hirer to follow best practice in respect of Food Standards and Provision.