The school is still open and providing emergency childcare for all children of 'critical workers' who cannot be safely looked after at home. This childcare is staffed on a rota basis by Bridge staff and always includes at least one member of SLT, a member of the Safeguarding Team and at least one first-aider.

Child Care for Critical Workers Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I qualify as a ‘Key Worker’?

A list of what the government have designated as ‘Key Workers’ is provided overleaf. If you fall within the critical categories you should confirm with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, your specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

What is designated a ‘Vulnerable Child’?

Vulnerable children include 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 school will be in touch with these families directly.

If only one parent or carer is a critical worker, can I send my children in to school?

Children with at least one parent or carer who are identified as critical workers by the government can send their children to school if required although if alternative arrangements can be made to minimize the number of children in school, they should be.

Will Breakfast & After-School Club still be running?

Normal hours of 8.45am to 3.15pm will continue with extended hours between 7.30am and 5.30pm for vulnerable children and those of key workers.

I am a critical worker or have a vulnerable child but I don’t want to send my child in to school or childcare, do I have to?

Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. There is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.

For vulnerable children, your child’s social worker or we will work with you to assess the best option for your child.

What about school lunches?

On the Google Form, you can indicate if you will be providing a packed lunch or not. There will be a school lunch available to anyone who wants one but we can’t always guarantee what it will be!

In this time of ‘crisis’, we will be waiving all costs of school meals – one less things for us all to worry about!

Do the children need to wear school uniform?

Children should wear a school jumper/cardigan and then its own choice of clothes. School shoes need not be worn.

Will there always be a first-aider on site?

Yes. About 90% of our staff team are trained first aiders.

Who can I contact at the school?

All SLT will maintain their emails but please be aware that we have a protocol in place that teachers are only asked to check their emails daily and respond within 24 hours of an email being sent.

What if I need to contact the school urgently?

We have set up a dedicated SLT mobile phone number for this purpose – you can call or text (please remember to add your name!) The number has been provided via ParentMail. Please only use this for urgent messages and it will only be accessed during working hours.

Will the school be open over Easter holidays for childcare?

We are planning that the school will be open for children of Key Workers and will publish more information about this as soon as possible.

 

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