Childcare for essential workers


Pontarddulais Cluster Schools
Pontarddulais Comprehensive, Llangyfelach Primary, Pengelli Primary,
Penllergaer Primary, Pontarddulais Primary, Pontlliw Primary

 

20th March 2020

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Thank you for your patience and support in these unprecedented times. All schools across Swansea are closed from 3.20pm Friday 20th March. Government information is changing rapidly. Our Local Authority is working tirelessly to guide schools during this repurposing phase. This is a national crisis. There is a recognition that schools are crucial to the National Strategy, and all school staff are very much valued as essential workers.

The Local Authority emergency strategy board meets daily and clusters have been asked to work collaboratively to provide central hubs as childcare for essential workers. We are aware that the Government has issued a list of essential workers. However, at this stage our schools, catering and cleaning services do not have the capacity to support the full Government essential workers criteria. Therefore, the Local Authority are offering a phased approach to free childcare for children aged 3-14 year old starting with:

• Blue Light / emergency services;
• NHS frontline workers;
• prison officers;
• Primary / Secondary school staff;
• private, public social care workers.

In the first instance if both parents, or a single parent, are essential workers they can access this service. These parents will be contacted today by their individual schools and given further details. From Monday 23rd March 2020, there will be 2 hubs for identified pupils within the Pontarddulais cluster. They will be located at Pontarddulais Primary School and Pontarddulais Comprehensive School. All identified Year 5 and 6 and secondary school pupils within our cluster will attend Pontarddulais Comprehensive School and all other identified Primary School pupils will attend Pontarddulais Primary School.

All available staff from the cluster schools will be deployed to the hub schools on a rota basis. The cluster felt that due to the potential for longer term school closure, Year 5 and 6 attending Pontarddulais Comprehensive School would be more appropriate and aid transition.

The next phase of the repurposing of schools will look at vulnerable pupils and pupils entitled to free school meals. Further details will be communicated as more information and resources become available.

Please note that individual schools will have their own communication system and they will be using this to keep you informed of any changes.

Please do not send your child to any school or the hub schools on Monday 23rd March if you have not been contacted by your school.

Thank you for your continued support during these unique times.

Yours faithfully,

Pontarddulais Cluster Headteachers