Posted on Monday 30th March 2020
Dedicated workers are keeping schools and pre-school settings open for the children of key workers and the vulnerable.
Teachers, nursery workers and other childcare professionals have been praised for doing a great job supporting the response to the current Coronavirus crisis.
Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Learning and Employability, said the county owed education and childcare workers a huge thank you for their efforts.
Since schools and colleges closed to pupils in general, they have continued to open their doors to the children of key workers, who have no alternative childcare arrangements, and to vulnerable children in need of care.
In line with the national average, attendance in Staffordshire has been running at around two per cent – or approximately 2,500 children – as parents and carers follow the latest guidance.
Philip White said:
Schools, colleges and pre-school childcare places are continuing to provide essential support to those who need it.
Thanks to the dedication of the people who are making it possible, key workers can continue to support the NHS, emergency services and other frontline roles supporting critical services.”
Government guidance is that places are restricted to the children of critical workers and vulnerable youngsters who absolutely need care – and if critical workers are on a day off, their children should stay at home.
Self-isolating rules also apply for these children.
Philip White added:
Clearly this is an evolving situation and everyone has worked tremendously hard to get the new arrangements in place.
We’re in regular contact with bus companies and food suppliers and we’re trying to maintain school crossing patrols where possible, so I’d thank them too for making this happen.
Every worker we can keep supporting frontline services is a huge step in the right direction for Staffordshire’s fight against Coronavirus.”