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COVID-19 Update 20/03/20

Please be aware we are open at least until the end of March., we are open for children of key workers.
Please see list of Key workers below:
Following the government’s announcement of a ‘partial closure’ of early years providers on Friday, the Department for Education has now published the guidance on ‘key workers’. Only one parent is required to be a key worker to be able to access childcare.

This includes those working in:
– Health and social care
– Education and childcare
– Key public services
– Local and national government
– Food and other necessary goods
– Public safety and national secretary
– Transport
– Utilities, communication and financial services
‘Vulnerable children’ includes children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

The guidance has advised that “if workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service”.

Please be mindful that the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. So from Monday 23rd March if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools and early years provisions to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. We will continue to issue updates as we receive them. If the government guidance does not answer your questions and you need more help please email your queries to SSEEarlyYearsTeam@somerset.gov.uk and we will do our best to respond as quickly as we can.

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