Practicalities of phased education and childcare availability

If children are to return to schools in a 'week on, week off' system, or indeed half days, consideration must be given to the childcare available in those weeks where schools are not open to them. As a key worker, in the current situation I have a full time nursery place for my child - when restrictions ease we must continue to ensure there is provision for children of families who cannot work from home.

Why the contribution is important

To enable key workers to continue their working pattern and enable other families to return to work as restrictions ease.

by alileslie on May 05, 2020 at 02:19PM

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  • Posted by Kirklistonjohn May 06, 2020 at 02:28

    Remote teaching should be increased but be more focused and teacher led - especially create the opportunity for one to one video links for tutorials between teacher and pupil.
    This would take the weight of parents especially key workers and those working at home and tap in to the vast teacher at home resource.
  • Posted by Pandamamma May 06, 2020 at 18:13

    As the country moves out of lockdown it will not just be key workers that will struggle if childcare is not available full time for children, before taking the decision to phase opening of childcare the government need to properly assess how this will affect the wider workforce and what additional provisions need to be put in place
  • Posted by Tamsinheath May 06, 2020 at 19:10

    I'm getting increasingly concerned about the lack of discussion around services such as ours, childcare, and the effects of school closures and reopening for our operations. As an after school club we are under the impression we will possibly have to open in the morning for children not attending school if classes are going to be limited and possibly children attending on a rota system. We would have to drastically reduce capacity (how we decide who gets to keep places is going to be horrendous aswell as allocating places if classes and attendance are changing on a rota) in order to try and keep social distancing measures in place, something I can't see being possible anyway in a play setting for multiple reasons to do with children and play behaviour and including the fact that we pick children up and walk in a close packed line to our church hall setting, however if this is the way it is going to have to be then our income will also drastically reduce as children's fees are our only income. Therefore we would need continued financial assistance to be able to continue to open. Is this aspect being discussed by government at all? If places such as ours aren't supported in this scenario then we will have to close and this will lead to further difficulties for the working parents who rely on us so that they can go to work.

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