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Apply for emergency childcare for key workers

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.

On Friday 19 June, Bridgend’s emergency childcare hubs will close.

From Monday 22 June (until Friday 17 July), emergency childcare will be provided at your child’s own school.

It is important to note that from Monday 22 June, emergency childcare will only be available between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

In order to apply for these emergency childcare places, parents/carers will now need to make a weekly application using our online system.

The deadline for applications will be 12 noon every Wednesday.

If you have already applied for dates from 29 June onwards, you will need to reapply.

Parents/carers are advised that no late applications will be considered.

As individual schools will also be accommodating other children on site (on a rota basis as advised by your child’s own school), places will be limited and will be capped to comply with social distancing requirements.

Therefore, it is important to note that places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Emergency childcare will not be available during the summer break of 20 July – 31 August and families will need to make alternative childcare arrangements.

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

To book a place use the emergency childcare form.

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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