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Reminder about key (critical) workers

Please read the following reminder of information from the DfE about the children of critical workers:


Critical workers

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to look after their child at home, but attendance is strongly encouraged.


Please, therefore, also follow these key principles:

1.       If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.

2.       Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

3.       Parents must do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially outside of school. They must observe the same social distancing principles as adults, as far as possible.

4.       Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.


Note If your work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, then your children will be prioritised for education provision and are strongly encouraged to attend.


The critical workers guidance is at