Dear Parents and Carers,
The government states that the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. Therefore, the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
The government guidance is clear that the fewer children coming into school, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in the wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
The updated list of key workers is detailed in the following government link:
Please complete the Key Worker Childcare Provision Application Form. You may be asked for evidence of your current employment status.
Please be advised that the service we are offering is childcare and will not be national curriculum based.
Please note that the government recommendation is that if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
We will keep you updated of all new developments as soon as we are informed.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.