Childcare arrangements for keyworkers

At the end of the school day on Friday 20 March 2020, all schools in Monmouthshire closed for the near future; we do not know when the return to school will be.

The number one priority for Monmouthshire at the moment is currently social distancing to keep people safe. If you can keep your children at home it would be really appreciated please.

The Government has stated in its latest advice:

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.’

Please note: Important changes to the Monmouthshire Childcare Hubs – week commencing 30th March

Childcare arrangements for keyworkers – Easter Holidays

From Monday 6th April there will be two childcare hubs open in Monmouthshire, Deri View Primary School, Abergavenny and Dewstow Primary School, Caldicot. These will be open between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

Where parents or carers have registered for a place during the Easter holidays please check your emails for details of the arrangements.

Please note due to the low numbers currently registered for Friday 10th and Monday 13th April we are reviewing the provision, further details will be provided on our website over the next few days.

Children are required to bring a packed lunch, MonLife will provide a snack during the day, and initially no breakfast will be provided however, this is being reviewed.

Please remember that the first option should be to keep your child away from school.  The Welsh Government has issued the following advice today:

  • Children should be kept home to stop the spread of the virus and protect the NHS
  • But we still need critical workers to do their jobs and we need to protect vulnerable children
  • Critical workers should keep their children home… but they can’t leave them alone if they judge that would not be safe and they can’t leave them with someone in a vulnerable group
  • If they have no safe alternative, they can go to a school / childcare setting

Monmouthshire will follow the Welsh Government’s definition of ‘key’ workers – this can be found here along with other guidance about when you should send you child to school. 

Members of staff from all of Monmouthshire’s schools will work in these settings not only the ‘host’ school.  The aim is to ensure that there is familiar face for all pupils.  It is our intention, through working with the schools to establish a shift pattern to ensure that there can be a continuity of provision capable of withstanding increasing illness and self-isolation.  Members of the CYP Directorate will also support these provisions and we will review our capacity and potentially look to utilise the skills and talents of our youth service.