Covid-19 (coronavirus) service update
School and childcare arrangements for the Easter holidays
For children of key workers and children with social work involvement, all state-funded schools in Kingston and Richmond boroughs will either be open during the Easter holidays or have worked collaboratively to make 'hub' arrangements available for those children to attend other local schools or holiday clubs. For more information on school and early years arrangements, please visit the pages below:
Over the next two weeks, schools will remain open to assist in the effort to care for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils which includes those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), as well as those who have a social worker, including all child protection cases, child in need and children looked after. Please note that if parents are safely able to care for their child at home and they have an ECHP they should do this. If their child has a social worker then the social will assess with them whether this is possible.
We will be working with our schools to define which pupils will be attending school and how they will be supported including how classes will be managed, what the education/care provision will look like and how we safeguard these young people at this time.
We will be working with schools during the next two weeks to build a Hub model, which is a grouping of schools as opposed to single schools, which will operate to provide care cover over the Easter holidays. This is so we are able to manage the teaching workforce effectively whilst ensuring we meet the needs of our key worker community and vulnerable children.
Nurseries, childcare settings and childminders
The advice from the government is that nurseries, childcare settings and childminders are included in the education setting guidance and will remain open where they can to support key workers and vulnerable children.
We will be working with our childcare providers to agree what the offer looks like and when that might be delivered eg extending hours or weekends.
The list of key workers has now been published (in the guidance below), albeit it is still quite broad. Many of the council's staff will fall into these critical services and are therefore eligible for this support. Government guidance can be found online.