Many children across Liverpool, Wirral and the rest of Merseyside would have been breaking up tomorrow for the Easter holidays.

Families had made plans to make the most of the two weeks off school, with some booking holidays abroad or at home.

However, as we come to the second week of children being at home after schools closed across the country in a bid to combat the coronavirus, lots of parents may be struggling to cope and wondering when their kids will be able to return to the classroom, reports Birmingham Live.

The government's advice to stay at home to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has had a huge impact on families all across the UK, with parents taking on the role of teacher while some also try to work from home.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that all schools, colleges and childcare providers will be closed to the majority of pupils until further notice.

But how long will they be closed for?

What the government says

A statement from the government said: "The changes cover children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools.

"We are asking schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders and other registered childcare settings to remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children where they can.

"We understand that some may be unable to do so especially if they are experiencing severe staff shortages.

"We will work with local areas to use neighbouring schools, colleges and childcare providers to continue to support vulnerable children and children of critical workers.

"We are asking independent schools and boarding schools to do the same as state schools and remain open for critical workers and vulnerable children."

It added: "Where possible, we would encourage childcare providers, schools and colleges to continue to look after critical workers’ children and vulnerable children throughout the Easter holidays."

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When are schools likely to reopen?

With uncertainties over how long lockdown will continue and when Covid-19 infections will spike or start to reduce to a more manageable level, there has been no date given for schools reopening.

GCSE and A-Level exams which normally take place in May and June, with results announced in August, have all been cancelled.

Instead, exam regulator Ofqual and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been scrapped this summer.

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If lockdown does last three months until June, the return to some sense of normal life would come right next to the usual six-week school summer holidays.

Schools would almost certainly remain closed until the start of the new academic year in September.

In a worst-case scenario, if the spread of coronavirus does not ease off and lockdown remains in place, schools could even remain closed into 2021.

Britain’s deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said at the Downing Street briefing on March 31: "We may see measures of lockdown going forward over the next six months. That would not be an implausible outcome."

What about universities?

Universities are in a slightly different position.

The government advised universities and other higher education providers to make their own decisions about closure based on the latest Public Health England guidance.

Many have already moved all their teaching online.

The advice continues to be that all student accommodation should remain open unless advised otherwise by Public Health England.

Many universities provide homes to international students, estranged students and care leavers who might not have anywhere else to go.

Efforts are being made to avoid any individuals and institutions being penalised if online provision inadvertently leads to non-compliance with visa rules.

What about special schools?

The government says children and young people with special educational needs and disability and their parents and carers are facing numerous challenges as a result of coronavirus.

Residential special schools and other special settings should be supported to remain open, wherever possible, it said.

Special schools, colleges and local authorities are advised to make case by case basis assessments of the health and safeguarding considerations of pupils and students on an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

For some, they will be safer with an education provider. For others, they will be safer at home.

What about nurseries? Can they still charge during closures?

The government has acknowledged that in many cases, the insurance that early years providers have will not cover them for income lost during coronavirus closures.

It was announced on March 17 that the government would not claw back early years entitlements funding from local authorities during closures, or where children are withdrawn because of coronavirus. This is intended to protect a significant proportion of early years providers' income.

In addition, the government has set out a range of support for businesses to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on them. This includes a business rate holiday for all private childcare providers for one year from April 1. Local authorities will be fully compensated for the cost of this.

The government has also announced significant support for workers, which will help support private early years providers.

In light of these steps taken already, the government has asked providers to be "reasonable and balanced in their dealings with parents."

Will free school meals continue?

Children on free school meals will still receive a meal or food voucher while schools are closed.

Headteachers can decide which of the available options will be best for families in their area.

Schools can provide food on-site, arrange deliveries or order a voucher to be given to the family.

Contact your school to find out which option they are providing.

Find out more here on support for pupils eligible for free school meals.