School and childcare updates: Coronavirus
Updated 3 April at 14:45
Easter holiday school and childcare arrangements
The key message from the government to parents and carers is still: If you can safely look after your child at home then you should do so.
The government has asked education and childcare providers to continue to provide support over Easter to key workers and parents or carers of vulnerable children or those with an Education, Health and Care Plan who are not able to look after their children at home.
This covers childcare providers, childminders, nurseries, schools and colleges.
Some schools in Newcastle have combined small groups from a number of different schools into a single ‘hub’ school over Easter. These schools will have explained this to parents and carers when they made this arrangement.
Education and childcare providers should have been in touch with parents and carers of the children currently needing a place to explain what the arrangements are over the Easter holiday.
If you have not heard from your child’s education or childcare provider please contact them directly.
General update - 3 April 14:45
Following the latest government requirements on extra measures for social distancing, schools will remain open for vulnerable children and those of key workers with no alternative childcare options. Go here for more info on the latest government advice.
The majority of schools in Newcastle continue to open their doors to provide support for vulnerable children and those of key workers who need to attend.
If you are a key worker in need of childcare and do not have a normal childcare provider or your normal provider is not open, you can find details of available places here.
Our special schools have carried out individual assessments of pupil’s health and wellbeing needs and have been working with parents and carers to decide whether their children would be safer at school or at home and are offering support as required.
School staff across the city are working extremely hard to ensure that children – whether they are in school or at home – are able to continue learning and we would like to thank them for their work at this incredibly challenging time.
To be clear, the government advice for key workers is that they should only send their children to school or childcare if it is not possible to keep them at home. If anyone has any questions they should contact their child’s school or childcare provider in the first instance.
As we move forward, depending on pupil numbers, staffing availability and other factors, we may need to make changes to the arrangements but parents, carers and staff can be assured that we will give as much notice as possible should this happen.