Essential Childcare Provision - from 23 Mar 2020

Dear School Family

The  government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Many parents working in key worker sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

I am now in a position to give you more information about the childcare offer which will be in place from Monday 23 March 2020.

When is this open?

We will be open from 9.00am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.  Three different options will be available;  a morning, an afternoon and a whole day session. Please only book what you need - do not panic buy!

Who is this for?

  • Children of identified Critical Care Workers – (see list below.) If you think you fall within the critical categories below you should confirm with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service and that you can not carry out this task at home. You may be asked for proof of this.
  • Vulnerable children including 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 (EHC) plans.

Who will staff the Essential Childcare?

  • It will be staffed by our own Teachers and TAs  
  • Teachers will also be providing online learning activities for all children to access

 How do I book?

  • We have adapted our established our online booking system on our school website. This is accessible through the Activities section of the school website. If you already have a user account you do not need to re register. Information of how to register for new users is attached at the bottom of this page. Please read this guidance carefully.
  • Bookings will close 24 hours before sessions open – this enables us to put staffing in place
  • If your shift pattern changes unexpectedly please contact school – we will do our best to help you if we can.

How much does it cost?

  • There is no cost for this Essential Childcare
  • If you’d like to bring a donation for distribution to vulnerable people in our village that would be lovely

What will the children be doing?

  • We will keep them safe for you whilst you are at work
  • This is Essential Childcare and not educational provision. There is no educational advantage to attending the Essential Childcare.

Should my child wear school uniform?

  • Yes please – for all sorts of really good reasons!
  • Please bring or wear trainers.

What about lunchtimes?

  • Grab Bags of picnic style lunches are available to purchase. Dolce have told us that children are not required to bring money for these but that parents will be billed after the meal has been taken. I am assuming these meals remain at £2.30.
  • Your child can bring their own packed lunch

Where should I drop off and pick up my child?

  • From the steps by the main entrance.

Children entitled to benefits based Free School meals.

  • A packed lunch will be available to be picked up from the kitchen door for children who are not attending the Essential Childcare Provision. You can collect this between 11.00 and 11.45 Monday to Friday. Please ring the bell and we’ll bring you your picnic! 

Please be aware that if this provision becomes overburdened we may not be able to operate due to our staffing capacity. Children should not be sent to school while there is another adult at home, it is not childcare to enable parents to work from home.  Some of our school staff will be following government guidance and self-isolating.The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, will protect the NHS and save lives by reducing the risks of spreading the virus. The Essential Childcare Provision relies  on the health  and wellbeing of our staff to be able to look after your child – the fewer the children who attend the greater the chance we have of continuing the provision.

The school office will be open Monday – Friday 9.00 – 4.00 – you can contact them by phone or email.

Thank you for your support, our school staff sends your family our love

Fiona Beetles


Government Guidelines on Critical 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 education 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 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.