A number of our key worker parents have been asking about provision for over the summer holidays. The current stance from the government is that schools will not need to remain open for the children of key workers. While we can see why this would be the case – our school has remained open throughout – we also know that childcare will be a problem if we are unable to take the children into school.
We have consulted with Mini Meadows and they have said that they are able to accommodate a certain number of key worker children for the first two weeks of the summer break (from Monday 20th July to Friday 31st July).
As you will appreciate, at some point school staff will need to have a break before the term starts again in September – some staff have worked 6 days a week since lockdown began back in March.
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is currently trying to obtain a clearer picture of what is going to happen regarding the summer, and is in talks with the government regarding this. Unfortunately, the government seem to have no clearer picture than anyone else does, and if they do have a plan for the children of key workers, they have not made it public.
Therefore, in the meantime, we advise key workers to be thinking about how they can arrange childcare for the remaining 4 weeks of the school holiday in case schools are not in a position to provide it.
We will update you as soon as we have any new information, but we only tend to know what is happening at the same time as everyone else does i.e. when the Prime Minister announces it at a press conference.