Our key priority has always been the safety of children, their families and school staff and this will continue to be our main consideration as we begin to enter the recovery period and prepare to re-open our schools.
There will be a phased approach at schools with year groups split into cohorts with staggered starts, lessons and breaks. It is expected that this will mean, at most, a third of pupils present at any one time. There will be much smaller classes, providing secure dedicated time with teachers and classmates.
Please be assured that we have been working hard to put plans in place for re-opening our schools . Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.
Please visit this page for all information, it is being continually updated. The following FAQs should answer any queries that you may have about schools re-opening. Get in touch via the "Ask a question" tab if there is anything you need additional information about.
Our current childcare hubs will remain open for the children of key workers, as well as vulnerable children until Friday, June 26. However, the hubs will be closing at 3.30pm on this day so that the schools can be cleaned ready for re-opening on the Monday.
From June 29, childcare for key workers will be provided by individual schools (this applies to Year 7 pupils only in secondary schools). If your child accesses the childcare provision, they will join their peers in class in the relevant sessions so that they catch up, prepare and learn together.
The schools will have a limited number of places for childcare and for the 'check in' sessions due to social distancing requirements. The demand for places is likely to be very high, and the schools will be implementing a strict prioritisation process in order to award places. The decisions will be made locally by each school, who will inform successful applicants of their place.
We are urging parents to please consider very carefully whether it absolutely essential that you have childcare from your school. For example, is your work critical to the covid-19 response and do both parents work away from the home so there is no-one available to look after your child?
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will receive childcare. We are sorry if you do not receive a place, but please try again the following week, your school is trying hard to meet the needs and expectations of all its learners and families.
The prioritisation is as follows:
Priority 1: Vulnerable children.
Priority 2: Current users or new applications from:
- a) Health and other ‘blue light’ services
- b) School and childcare staff
- c) Carmarthenshire County Council staff.
Priority 3: Current users – all other eligible categories.
Priority 4: New applications.
Your school will inform you of the booking arrangements and also of the hours that they are able to provide childcare. There may or may not be provision before and after normal school hours depending on the circumstances in your school.
New applicants will need to contact their school for the booking arrangements.
We are waiting for confirmation from Welsh Government on whether childcare needs to be provided for key workers during the summer holidays. If it is needed, we are looking at several options to provide childcare over the summer break.
It is hoped that the usual summer holiday schemes will be available to families. We will publish further information on this as soon as we have an update.
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