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Important information for parents who are key workers

Posted on 20 Mar 2020

Scottish Government guidance is for children not to attend school where possible.

All schools and local authority early learning and childcare settings will close to children at 5pm on Friday, 20 March, 2020. The default assumption should be that children and young people will not attend educational settings and that learning and teaching will be undertaken remotely, supported by those 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.


Key Worker Childcare: Phase 1 provision

We have determined that for Phase 1 of our North Ayrshire childcare provision, critical key workers are frontline NHS and HSCP staff who have no other means of childcare.

On Monday, 23 March, our secondary school buildings will be able to receive the children of frontline NHS and HSCP staff who have no other means of childcare and only if they do not have the maturity to look after themselves. In these buildings they will be looked after by a range of staff – namely Active Schools Co-ordinators, Family Learning Workers, Library Staff and KA Leisure staff. This will be available from 9am until 3pm from Monday, 20 March, until further updates are provided.

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


Key Worker Childcare: Phase 2 provision

We are working hard to devise arrangements to accommodate children from the full range of key workers as soon as possible. We will be in touch early next week to inform you about the arrangements we are putting in place to make this happen.

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