Guidance from the Local Authority.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the link below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
We have had a very small number of parents inform us that they are classed as critical workers. Therefore we will be looking at keeping the pre-school open to support these families until the Easter break on Tuesday and Thursday only between 9.00am and 3.00pm. Please be aware that the number of children coming in is going to be very small, possibly between 2 & 5 children so pre-school will be very different for them.
If you are a critical worker and require childcare on these sessions you must contact pre-school by email to confirm which days you need. These sessions are NOT open to others who are NOT critical workers.
We can only offer this while we have staff who remain healthy and can continue to work.
Most of our staff are now working from home or are on reduced hours.