Information for working parents
With schools closing from end of school hours on Friday 20th March, keyworkers are still able to access support with childcare. Vulnerable children are also covered by this initiative. More detail on this should be found on the RBK website. For all children that are eligible for this support, school settings are also being encouraged to continue support over the Easter holidays.
The official criteria for categories of keyworker can be found here.
If you have to work, but are not classified as a keyworker and are unable to get childcare, do not appeal for help online on open forums as this may leave your child vulnerable. Use DBS checked volunteers, preferably with childcare experience. Better still see if there are other parents that you already know, that you can share childcare duties with. Sadly, there may be some people that see access to vulnerable people and children as an opportunity.
Many parents and carers will need to make decisions about whether to leave their child alone for short or longer periods. Here is the best advice from the NPSCC Home Alone guidance
If you are reliant on older siblings taking care of younger children if you are incapacitated, you should bear in mind the following guidance from the NSPCC on this - Keeping Children Safe in the Home.