Support for key workers and vulnerable children will continue over Easter holidays

Hampshire schools, early years’ education settings, nurseries and childminders will be continuing to look after vulnerable children and children of key workers throughout the school Easter holidays (6 to 17 April 2020)

Mar 30 2020

They are responding to the Department for Education’s request to keep the provision in place over the holiday fortnight, including Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “Pre-schools, schools and childminders across the county have been fantastic in their response to the national effort in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.  They have pulled out all the stops to ensure those children who are unable to remain at home safely can be cared for in their settings.

“Feedback from our partner agencies such as the NHS, the police, the military and the utilities has been overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the tremendous efforts of Hampshire’s educators in keeping vital services running. Knowing their children are being safely looked after by schools is important for key workers.

“That said, it is reassuring to see that, generally, the number of children accessing the provision has been lower than expected as parents have heeded the government’s advice to keep their children at home.”

Additionally, the County Council’s Services for Young Children Team is on hand to help key workers, requiring support, to identify care provision. Key workers needing this support are asked to email childcare@hants.gov.uk and include their full contact details so that the team can assist parents and carers as quickly and efficiently as possible.