County Council reminds key workers schools are ready to support during end of term holidays

Hampshire County Council is reminding key workers that schools, early years’ educators and nurseries will be open to look after their children throughout the school Easter holidays, including Good Friday and Easter Monday

Apr 3 2020

County Council officers will be on hand to help parents who are critical workers and are having difficulty accessing school aged childcare over the Easter holiday.  These parents should email epinfocell@hants.gov.uk or, for pre-school care, email the Services for Young Children Team at childcare@hants.gov.uk and include full contact details so that parents and carers can be assisted as quickly and efficiently as possible.
 
Most schools will have arrangements in place to ensure that those key worker children and young people who are at school can have a hot or cold meal in school.  Parents and carers are advised to check with their setting, in advance, to find out what will be provided. 
 
Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, commented: “We owe teachers and early years’ providers a huge thank you for responding to the Government’s call to maintain childcare provision over the Easter holidays in support of Hampshire’s key workers.”
 
Schools and early years’ providers are mindful of the need to minimise the risk of spreading infection and will continue to follow government guidance on social distancing in education and childcare settings, as well as implement advice from Public Health England on cleaning and waste disposal and what to do if someone develops symptoms while they are on site. This is in addition to ensuring staff and pupils are frequently washing their hands properly for at least 20 seconds. 
 
To date, in Hampshire, the numbers of children being looked after in an education setting have been low as the overwhelming majority of parents and carers have been looking after children at home, heeding the national advice.
 
School staff have been using their expertise and creativity to provide an exciting curriculum so that pupils can be enthusiastically engaged in meaningful activities while at home. Pupils have been provided with study packs and suggested timetables that families can adapt to meet to their particular situation. They have also been directed to online learning led by the school or tried and trusted online providers such as the BBC.
 
Over the holidays, parents and carers can also access eBooks and other free digital content from Hampshire Libraries. To find out how, parents  can visit www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives or, on Facebook, search for ‘hantslibraries’.
 
While it will be for the Government to determine conditions for the start of the next term, the County Council anticipates that schools will remain closed at the start of the summer term to all except the children of key workers and vulnerable children.