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Apply for emergency childcare for key workers

Please note this online application system must be used for all applications for emergency childcare.

Emergency childcare 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

Keyworkers can apply now with the provision to start from May 18. To book a place use the emergency childcare form.

We are in a position to make this offer now as we have established six well-functioning hubs with an agreed set of protocols and safe working practices. Children from families where at least one of the child's parents are key workers will continue to receive emergency childcare in Bridgend County Borough.

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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