COVID19 Pandemic Information

During these very difficult times our primary concern continues to be the health and welfare of our pupils, parents and our staff. We wish you all safe and healthy.

In line with the government requirements, playgroup is closed from 2:50pm on Friday 20th March and will remain closed pending further government directions.

We will continue to update this site with any new information that becomes available to us.

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: Please see the list on this GOV site.

Please see further information on these government websites:-

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers - Updated 20 March 2020

COVID-19: guidance for education settings - Updated 20 March 2020

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK - Updated 20 March 2020

 

The following letter was issued by Worcestershire ‘Children First’ @18:00 on 20/3/2020:-

 

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Dear parents and carers,

 

COVID-19

 

The Department for Education has issued guidance today for schools, colleges and settings on maintaining educational provision during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Schools and settings have a key role to play, alongside other partners, in meeting our priority to preserve life, prevent spread of infection and keep critical services going. We are working together with key partners, including the Local Authority, to coordinate our response to the pandemic.

 

The guidance makes it clear that where children can safely stay at home they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 

 

We are being asked by Government to continue to provide care for a limited number of children including children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

We are working with the local authority to identify all children defined as vulnerable.

 

The guidance published includes 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.

 

We will talk to these parents directly about how care will be provided.

 

Please note, as a school/setting, we need to ensure we can prioritise those most in need so that our provision is sustainable and supports the Government’s number one key principle from their latest guidance that maintains social distancing:

 

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

 

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response may need support from schools and settings and we are working hard to provide that support wherever possible. 

 

Many parents in this category will be able to keep their children at home and where children can be safely cared for at home they should be.

 

For those who cannot keep children safely at home and who work in one of the critical sectors listed below, your children will be priorities for provision when you are at work.

 

However, it may not be possible to provide this in your child’s usual school or setting, as inevitably staff will also be impacted by the virus and our shared priority is to keep children safe and prevent the spread of the virus.

 

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

·         Education and childcare

·         Key public services

o   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

·         Food and other necessary goods

·         Public safety and national security

·         Transport

·         Utilities, communication and financial services

 

Provision is only available when you are required to work. It is not available at other times.

 

Where only one parent/carer is a ‘critical worker’ there is an expectation that the child stays at home with the other parent to ensure the principle and impact of social distancing is maximised.

 

Further guidance on key workers can be found in the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

If you are a key worker and your child needs provision, please send us the following information to info@winyatesplaygroup.com by 23/3/2020.

 

·         Your name:

·         Your most up to date contact details:

·         Evidence of each parent’s / carer’s job role:

·         Name of employer and contact details (for verification):

·         Student’s name and year group:

 

More information on the closure of settings for parents and children can be found in the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

Many thanks for your assistance through this challenging situation.

 

 

Updated: 22/3/2020.