Key Worker Survey
If this is your first time registering as a key worker, please read the information below. You will not need to register your child if they are in Year 6. A link to complete the survey can be found at the bottom of this page.
Please note, non essential retail and tourism sector jobs do not qualify as key worker status and we may have to prioritise places for NHS staff and health care workers if demand is high.
All schools are partially closed for the foreseeable future for the vast majority of pupils.
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. 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 must, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open to provide childcare only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important to highlight that 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 childcare for a limited number of children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Please note that the schools will be open for childcare purposes only and will not be in a position to offer the national curriculum that would normally be taught in school.
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.
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 childcare 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.
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 childcare provision:
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 distributors 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 parents think they fall within the critical categories listed 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.
Please note: It is not compulsory for ‘Key Worker’ children to access this service, provision is offered on a voluntary basis and we need to ensure that we keep school staff safe as well as the children attending, therefore social distancing and maintaining low numbers in school will remain a priority for the ongoing safety of all. We will prioritise those families where both parents are key workers or single parent families.
If you believe you fit into one of the above categories and will require this provision, please complete the survey by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
We appreciate that ‘Key Worker’ parents may have differing requirements of the service day by day or week to week. We will aim to accommodate this, wherever possible, however please be aware that due to staffing pressures in our schools currently, we will not be able to offer any wrap around care facilities of after school clubs that would normally be on offer.
Children accessing this service will need to be registered on a daily basis in line with our usual safeguarding routines and we will be asking parents to let us know if their child is absent for any reason. This will allow us to plan and maintain staffing levels and ensure safeguarding requirements are met. We will confirm our booking arrangements in further communications to you, once we have established the numbers or families that this service is essential for.
If school has to close due to staffing levels, then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.
We will need to reserve the right to change any details above should circumstances change.