Important information regarding Critical Worker emergency childcare (Updated 30/3/20)
We have been in touch with the small number of families that we are able to support with childcare during the school closure.
The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has said "If your work is not critical in the response to Coronavirus, then please keep your child at home." If there is someone at home who can look after your child safely, please do not send them to school.
Please confirm your childcare requirements for the by clicking on the following link:
If on the day your child is unable to attend please call 01932 784258.
For those who need to send their child to school, please note the following.
- Local bus services may not run a normal service. TFL are reminding customers that public transport should only be used for essential travel.
- Any parent dropping their child off at school will be expected to wait outside the visitor Reception between 8:15am - 8:30am at a distance of two metres from each other. One parent will be allowed into reception at a time to sign their child in. Medication may be left with staff at this time.
- Students will be expected to observe the two metre rule at all times during the day, working at computer stations which are over 2 metres apart. They will be completing the work set on Show My Homework. This will mean that staff are able to supervise them but will not be able to work 1 to 1 with a student. Students will be expected to comply with all usual school rules.
- During the Easter holiday period teaching staff will not be setting work on Show My Homework. A variety of alternative activities will be offered.
- Students will be supervised in washing their hands when they arrive and at regular intervals during the day.
- Students will be able to have fresh air breaks on the field but will not be able to play together.
- Please remember that students are expected to bring a packed lunch and must be in school uniform.
What emergency childcare provisions are in place during the period of school closure?
As a school we are providing emergency childcare for young people whose parents are key workers. The advice from the government changed last night to state that if one parent is a key worker, the school will be able to offer a place. Single parents who are key workers will obviously be entitled to a school place.
How to access this service?
Please see below the list of key workers and email firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your key worker role. There is no need to contact the school if you do not intend to use this service.
Who are key workers?
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.
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.
What will the service look like?
If you are intending to send your child to school it is important that they attend for the full school day. Students will be expected to attend from 8.30am - 3.30pm.
Students attending school must be in full school uniform. This is to assist the police in identifying young people that have a legitimate reason for being outside travelling to and from school.
Any parent dropping their child off at school will be expected to wait outside Reception at a distance of two metres from each other. One parent will be allowed into reception at a time to sign their child in and drop off any medication.
Students will be expected to observe the two metre rule at all times during the day, working at computer stations in the LRC and ICT 4 which are over 2 metres apart. They will be completing the work set on Show My Homework. This will mean that staff are able to supervise them but will not be able to work 1 to 1 with a student. Students will be expected to comply with all usual school rules.
Students will be supervised in washing their hands when they arrive and at regular intervals during the day.
Students will be able to have fresh air breaks on the field but will not be able to play or socialise as they usually would.
Please remember that students are expected to bring a packed lunch and must be in school uniform.
We totally understand if you would prefer your child to stay at home, especially if members of your family fall in to one of the vulnerable groups. It is essential that if the household are in isolation your child remains at home for 14 days.
The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has said:
"If your work is not critical in the response to Coronavirus, then please keep your child at home."
If there is someone at home who can look after your child safely, please do not send them to school.