Coronavirus school and childcare assistance for critical workers

We are enforcing the Governments guidance that you must Stay at Home:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if it is not reasonable practicable to work from home)

Anyone can spread the virus - The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. It is imperative that, as far as possible, we minimise social contact and ensure that anyone who is particularly vulnerable to the virus is able to adopt stringent social distancing.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others - https://gov.wales/staying-home-and-away-others-guidance

Schools, childcare and play settings are only open for those children that absolutely need to attend. In Caerphilly we place great importance on following this advice and we are prioritising applications for school and childcare hub placements for children where ALL adults in the family home are critical to the COVID-19 response and must be in the workplace which means that the children cannot be safely cared for at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, and only where there is no safe alternative should you apply.

You will need to submit evidence that you are a Coronavirus key (critical) worker as defined by the U.K. government https://gov.wales/coronavirus-key-critical-workers.

The school hub places are currently available Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.30pm from a range of sites across the borough for children aged 5-14 years:

  • Bedwas High School – FULL
  • Blackwood Primary School - FULL
  • Idris Davies School
  • Lewis School Pengam
  • Rhiw-Syr-Dafydd Primary School
  • Risca Community Comprehensive School – FULL
  • St James Primary School
  • Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni - Gelli Haf

*Please note that all sites cater for primary and secondary aged pupils.

Registered Childcare providers are also working with us to provide supported childcare places for eligible essential worker households. Childcare providers are across the borough with a range of opening hours and will be able to meet the needs of younger children 0-4years, as well as some older siblings.

We endeavour to process and confirm applications as soon as possible, however please allow up to 5 working days. Please do not just turn up to a hub / childcare placement as we need to ensure that children and young people are safely managed.