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Dear Parent/Guardian


We have received a number of queries regarding the criteria that needs to be met to qualify for a educational face to face place at the start of this term.  The guidance from the RCTCBC states that for the first two weeks of term, schools will only be providing school based learning not childcare provision for the children of critical workers.  However,  if restrictions are extended beyond the two week period RCTCBC may review this position.


The legislation states that  only one parent is required to be a critical worker to apply for school based educational provision. Although the list is quite extensive, RCTCBC have informed us that for this period of the academic year the Critical Worker criteria will be limited to those persons employed in the following capacity:-


Health and social care workers
All NHS and social care staff, including:
•    doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other health and social care workers including volunteers organisations involved with patient discharge, transport and hospital transfers
•    the administration, support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector including those third sector workers in an NHS or care setting
•    those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines, and medical and personal protective equipment
•    NHS Blood and Transplant frontline staff (blood donation staff, specialist nurses for organ donation, staff running therapeutic apheresis services in NHS hospitals)
•    those providing ancillary support to NHS workers (such as hotel accommodation for NHS staff)

Public safety (emergency workers) and national security workers
•    British Transport Police and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
•    Fire and Rescue Service employees (including support staff)
•    Ministry of Defence civilians, contractors and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of critical defence and national security outputs and critical to the response to the coronavirus pandemic), including defence medical staff
•    National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas
•    police and support staff
•    staff of organisations required in the national security aspects of water in Wales

Education and childcare workers
•    all workers in childcare settings (to include day nurseries, creches, childminders, play groups, Cylch Meithrin, after school clubs and holidays clubs)
•    Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) lecturers
•    social workers
•    specialist education professionals,
•    support staff on site at schools, FE and HE settings such as catering, cleaners, caretakers, maintenance staff all those involved in schools/FE/HE institutions to operate
•    teaching staff
•    learning support staff
•    Work Based Learning trainers and assessors
•    Youth workers

We will of course, keep you advised of any changes/developments as and when we are informed by RCTCBC.


Kind regards