Childcare and education provision for keyworkers and vulnerable children

Social distancing is in place to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. It is important that families follow the national guidance.

The Government is promoting these principles to decide if a child will access childcare, school or college provision during this time:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.


Whilst most families have been asked to 'socially distance' to help stop the spread, the Government have committed to making childcare and education available for:

  • Children of keyworkers (roles that are needed to help keep people healthy and safe)
  • Vulnerable children (some children who receive extra support)

If you are not sure whether a place will be made available for your child, please read the current Government Guidance on:

Where a child's parent is a keyworker and there are no other suitable alternative arrangements, a childcare or education place will be made available.

To access a place:

  1. Speak to your child's current childcare or school and see if they can accommodate your needs
  2. If they are not open or are not able to meet your needs, you (the child’s parent) can ring the One Stop Shop on 01204 337220 to request support to find a place.

If your child is accessing childcare / school because you are a keyworker, you will need a letter from your employer to confirm your role is covered by the 'key worker' (critical worker) criteria set by the Government.