The government has provided the opportunity for schools to support with childcare for children of 'Key Workers' (NHS, Police, Food supply, School staff etc.) as we tackle the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
A comprehensive list of who is defined as a 'Key Worker' has now been published and a link can be found below.
If you think you qualify for childcare support please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As I am sure you are aware, the government is making significant steps to now limit the movement of the population for the long-term potential benefits to our nation. The closure of schools to lots of pupils is a key part of this strategy and I want to reinforce the importance of only making use of our childcare facility if and when it is vital. Sending your child in is not a necessity and if you have another safe option at some stage I would recommend you consider using it to reduce the risk of transmission.
‘Children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can send their children to school if required’….’many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure that their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be’… ‘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’.
UK Government, Cabinet Office, 19 March 2020
Consider especially how you can help by managing your child’s movements when they are not in school to reduce the risk of transmission. I suspect the updates from the government in the coming days will make advice about restriction of movement even more clear and demanding.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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