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Emergency Childcare Provision for Children of Key Workers

Posted on 1 Apr 2020

Emergency Childcare Provision for Children of Key Workers

  • Our emergency childcare provision for children of critical key workers commenced on Monday 23 March across all nine secondary schools. This moved to six locality hub school buildings on Wednesday, 25 March. This provision is staffed by volunteers from across the service. To date, 550 staff have volunteered to support this provision.
  • The education hubs are: Largs Campus / Garnock Campus / Arran High School / Stanley PS & Early Years / Abbey PS & Early Years / Castlepark PS & Early Years. The service currently runs from 9am-3pm.
  • This provision is only available to support critical key frontline workers in NHS, Health and Social Care, emergency services and the armed forces at this stage, and only if the families absolutely require the provision because they have no alternative means of childcare. A total of 690 eligible families have successfully registered for this service so far.


What is a Key Worker?

Like the rest of the country, lots of people across North Ayrshire have important jobs which support various aspects of normal daily life. In the current circumstances, key workers are identified as those who are helping to support us through the challenges presented by the coronavirus.  The Scottish Government defines key workers in three categories:

Category 1:

Health and care workers directly supporting the coronavirus response or life-threatening emergency work, and associated staff, as well as critical primary and community care provision. Energy suppliers and staff providing childcare or learning for other category one staff are also included.

Category 2:

All other health and care workers, and wider public sector workers providing critical and emergency welfare services. This includes workers in the fire, police and prison services as well as those supporting our critical national infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the people of Scotland could be caused.

Category 3:

All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland but where the response to coronavirus, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised.

At present in North Ayrshire, our emergency childcare provision serves mainly category 1 key workers with some category 2 key workers. Specifically, this service is available to:

  • NHS staff
  • Frontline Health and Social Care Staff
  • Emergency Services personnel
  • The armed forces

The provision is reviewed on a weekly basis. Any future changes will be communicated on this website and through the Council’s normal communication channels.

If you are a key worker, as described above, you can apply for a place in our emergency critical key worker childcare provision if you have no other means of childcare, through accessing the following link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ParentalKeyWorkerQuestionnaire/