The Government has published advice on who qualifies as a 'key worker' following the announcement of school closures for all except vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The guidance is available here.
This outlines the critical sectors the Government have identified as being crucial to tackling the current crisis. However, all parents are urged, where possible, every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
The Government have set out 5 key principles for childcare under the new arrangements:
- 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 educational 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.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If you think they fall within the critical categories outlined, 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.
If your school is closed, 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.