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Emergency childcare – important update

As a result of the Minister for Education’s announcement in respect of the reopening of schools, there will be significant changes to our emergency childcare provision which we need to implement as a matter of some urgency.

Emergency childcare hub provision for keyworkers will end on Friday, July 17, ahead of the summer holidays.

The school-based provision for the children of keyworkers opened at the end of March when schools were closed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Since schools reopened at the end of June as part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Check In, Catch Up – Prepare for Summer and September’ sessions, each school has accommodated their own hub for the children of keyworkers.

While provision for children over the age of five will end on July 17, provision for 0 to 4-year-olds who are not in full-time school will run via the Summer Holiday Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme. The scheme which will close to new entrants on Sunday, July 12, is only available to support critical workers to work.

The Summer Holiday Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme is available to key workers. We can now offer places to children for the full list of eligible keyworkers as defined by Welsh Government which includes:

  • health and social care
  • education and childcare
  • key public services
  • local and national government
  • food and other necessary goods
  • public safety and national security
  • utilities, communication and financial services

To book a place use the emergency childcare form.

If you have any queries please email

Only book emergency childcare if needed

We are asking parents to only book emergency childcare provision if they are going to use it. The local authority notes that currently only half of those booking onto the provision are turning up. This creates significant issues with staff having to be sent home. It costs around £50 per child per day in day care settings if a child doesn’t attend when a place has been booked for them.

The local authority strongly advises that parents should not use the emergency childcare offer unless absolutely necessary.

It remains the local authority’s strong recommendation that you keep your child/ren at home unless it is vital for you to access emergency childcare. Alternatively, you could use other childcare options available.

Please only apply if this childcare is vital to enable you to undertake your essential key work. If your circumstances change and you no longer need the care, please inform us. Volunteers are manning the hubs and we staff based on the level of demand.

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