IMPORTANT KEY WORKER FORM (CLICK HERE)Posted on: March 20th - 2020
The Government has now published an extended list of front-line Key Workers where we can provide childcare provision. Please find the link to the Government guidelines below. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
As stated in the guidance, ‘If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be,’ and if workers think they fall within the critical categories below 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 your child is eligible and you intend to send them to school then please also complete this form.
The deadline for completing this form is 4pm, today if at all possible. If this is challenging then as soon after that would help us enormously.
Complete one form for each child.
If you do not meet the criteria but feel that your child falls into the category of ‘vulnerable’ and therefore should attend school from Monday, please complete the form and your request will be considered in confidence.
Details for Monday onwards
Times: School will be open from 8.50am until 3.20pm
What will the pupils be doing? All of our staff who are fit and able will be in school to ensure that there is a provision in place for pupils. Staff may have a mixture of age groups together and they will support children in completing the same tasks that are being sent home weekly.
Uniform: Please come to school in your usual full school uniform
Catering. School meals will be provided as normal, with normal payment mechanisms in place.
Wrap around care: If your child usually attends Happy Days and you fit the following criteria and require breakfast and/or after school club during this time, please contact them directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
The guidance below is taken from the following Government guidance on ‘key worker’ criteria:
Please follow these key principles:
1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Definition of key workers
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for school provision. Only one parent needs to work in one of the sectors below:
Health and social care
· Doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers.
· 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
· 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
· 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
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)
· The Information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response
· 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)
· The postal services and delivery
· Payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
May we remind parents that they 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.
Please know that Langley Park Primary School is doing everything they can to support the various emergency initiatives being put in place. It also goes, without saying, that we all appreciate the amazing work our key workers are doing for our community.