Coronavirus critical (key) workers childcare and school provision
Applications are now closed
In accordance with Welsh Government guidance on key/essential workers, if one parent is a key/essential worker in the fight against Covid-19 but the other parent is not, then the other parent should provide safe alternative arrangements at home when possible.
Please note the following key points:
If you are classed as a key/essential worker but are able to perform the critical parts of your job effectively when working from home, then you should do so.
Childcare places are strictly limited, and subject to availability and should only be applied for as a last resort. Making an application does not guarantee a place.
Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, including if you are working from home, and only where there is no safe alternative should you apply.
To be eligible for Coronavirus Critical (Key) Worker Childcare and Education Provision you must meet all of the following criteria:
- One parent is Coronavirus critical (key) workers (https://gov.wales/coronavirus-key-critical-workers)
- If there is a second parent/adult in the household they are required to attend their workplace and the child / children cannot be safely cared for at home
- Reside within the Caerphilly county borough
- For school age children they must be a register at a Caerphilly school prior to the schools closing due to COVID-19.
Key worker school provision
From Monday 29 June 2020 all key worker childcare for school age children will be delivered from the child’s current schools, i.e. where the child was registered before the schools closed due to Covid-19.
Key worker childcare will run in this form from the 29 June 2020 until 17 July 2020. Information about school holiday care will be made available as soon as possible.
Within each school there will be some provision for children of key workers for the school day which is different to the 'check in, catch up and prepare for summer and September'.
Each school has a different number of key worker children and school population and are developing provision specific to their context and circumstances. The number of contact between staff and pupils should be minimised as much as possible and where these contacts take place, there should be a range of mitigating safeguards to help reduce the risk of transmission. This approach will form part of the Risk Assessment for individual schools.
Limiting social contacts is an important part of reducing the likelihood of seeing large outbreaks of the virus. It is important that we continue to reduce mixing between people and groups of people. Keeping people in small, consistent groups of adults and children which remain the same throughout the week, and separate from other groups, helps to do this and avoids creating chains of transmission. In returning to school, children should attend just one setting wherever possible, and should remain in the same small, consistent group within that setting, as far as possible. This will help reduce the likelihood of the virus moving between groups within that one setting, or moving between groups in different settings
Parents will be expected to transport their children to the school and provide packed lunches and snacks for the day. Predominantly schools will operate for the school day, so parents will need to discuss their essential requirements with their school and may need to make alternate arrangements if all needs cannot be met.
Key Worker Childcare for Pre-school Children- Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme (C-CAS).
Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme (C-CAS) is available for those that meet the eligibility criteria above and who have children aged 0 to 5 years who do not have a school place.
Registered Childcare providers are working with us to provide C-CAS places. Please visit the Family Information Service website for information on registered childcare providers.
The C-CAS will continue until 31 August 2020.
How to apply
Applications are now closed
If you wish to organise private childcare, there is more information regarding support for childcare costs on the government website and local childcare providers can be found through our Family Information Service.