Posted on: Friday 20 March 2020
Following the Welsh Government’s decision to close all schools in Wales, the council is making arrangements today to provide extended childcare provision to key workers responding to Covid-19.
This is part of the national strategy to maintain essential health and frontline services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The council will remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. A detailed message will be sent out later today which will hopefully answer all your questions.
It is important to underline that the schools will 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.
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.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care plans.
We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.
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 in the link below. Many parents working in these sectors may also be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
For information on key workers visit: https://www.gov.uk