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Childcare for key workers (COVID-19)

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Childcare for key workers (COVID-19)

Our letter to families (PDF, 64kb) whose children have been using the Childcare Hubs provides an update on the continuation of this provision over the summer holidays.


We have introduced key worker childcare for staff in frontline health services.

Eligibility

In phase one of our key worker childcare provision, the critical key workers are frontline NHS and HSCP staff (including Care at Home):

  • who have no other means of childcare
  • whose children do not have the maturity to look after themselves

Arrangements

With all schools and local authority early learning and childcare now closed, learning and teaching is being undertaken remotely. This is supported by teachers working remotely on an ongoing basis.

Parents who are considered by Scottish Government to be key workers should have completed the survey we issued to you on Friday 20 March 2020.

All parents, including key workers, are reminded that Scottish Government guidance is for children not to attend school where possible.

In these buildings, they will be looked after by a range of staff, including:

  • Active Schools Co-ordinators
  • Family Learning Workers
  • Library staff
  • KA Leisure staff

This is available from 9am until 3pm from Monday 23 March, until further updates are provided.

If someone in your household has symptoms

Under no circumstances should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow self isolation guidance.

Children of other key workers

It is not possible at this stage to accommodate the children of any other key workers.

In order to stop the spread of transmission of coronavirus, it is essential that people who can work from home, do work from home.

This is not business as usual. It is vital that the support being offered is only accessed by those who absolutely require it. This enables the NHS and other critical services to function.

Next steps

As part of our phase two provision, we are working around the clock to devise arrangements to accommodate children from as wide a range of key workers as soon as possible.

Like all other businesses and institutions, the Council faces significant challenges in ensuring our staffing levels are sufficient to continue to deliver essential services. We are responding to the developing situation as quickly and effectively as we possibly can.

We very much appreciate your patience at this difficult time. We are doing all we can to meet the needs of parents who are providing these critical services to our communities.