Dear Parents and Carers
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should. This will limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible. Schools are to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors. 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. If workers think they fall within the critical categories, 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.
If you believe you fall within the critical category to the COVID-19 response, please complete the attached form and we will get back to you, to inform you of our decision regarding child care.
We will stay open to provide child care for as long as we can, but the school may need to close.