Sunday 22nd March
Dear Parents / Carers
In light of the decision by Government on Friday to further limit social distancing places will need to be limited to keep the provision at the correct scale to protect both staff and children who attend. If the provision is too large it negates any benefits of the social distancing measures the Government has imposed and through associated contacts children and staff will be exposed to unacceptable risk. This is not 'business as usual' and all medical advisers are clear that the safest place for children and families to be at present is at home with as little social contact as possible. These childcare places are intended for families who have no other adult who could be at home to look after children and who are immediately required in the response to this virus. Thus, the first tier consists of frontline medical workers and emergency services where both parents are required to work or there is only one parent present. Thank you to all our keyworkers for your commitment to our public services and I hope you can see the logic of this approach.
Tier 1 - will be allocated a place first where available
- NHS frontline clinical staff or administrators (e.g. NHS 111 etc.) working directly with Coronavirus patients;
- First responders (i.e. paramedics or those who support them) * Police officers and some civilian police staff (e.g. dispatchers)
- Those in NHS support services needed to keep hospitals and clinics running - e.g. hospital porters, full time hospital cleaners etc. * Teachers and other school staff who are required to be in school
Tier 2 - will be allocated a place when all places are not used by Tier 1 parents (effectively first waiting list)
- Other frontline NHS workers (e.g. midwives, pathologists, CT scan operators, radiographers)
- Local authority staff working in key emergency planning roles;
- Some Ministry of Defence personnel;
Tier 3 - keyworkers who may be needed if/when the crisis escalates (effectively second waiting list - clinical staff offered first)
- Those in other NHS/private care roles who will not be called upon to assist in coronavirus cases - e.g. care home staff, researchers, private pharmacists, OT, NHS administrators, other medical specialities etc.
- Social workers;
- Those involved with the supply chain for supermarkets and pharmacies (i.e. supermarket delivery drivers and those in supporting logistics roles)
- Those working in key transport roles (train drivers, bus drivers)
- Prison officers and some other prison staff or involved in judicial system;
- Those working in care homes or in meals on wheels;
- Community police officers;
- Probation service staff.
Tier 4 - not able to offer a place
- Those involved in the water industry - delivery or maintenance;
- ICT or telecoms workers in critical roles (please explain in e-mail);
- Those employed in necessary government processes such as the payment of benefits.
- Those involved in fuel or gas deliveries or maintenance;
- Associated staff in support roles for transport services;
- NHS medical students
If you have asked for a place and after looking at the list above no longer require it. Please email email@example.com to let us know. if you still require a place please email to let us know which Tier you come under and your role (you may be asked to provide proof of your role).
Let’s all do our bit to help keep front line staff battling the virus at work.
Head of school
Connect Federation is a formal partnership of two large Local Authority Maintained primary schools:
Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School, Royal Crescent, Exeter, EX2 7QT
Countess Wear Community School, Glasshouse Lane, Exeter, EX2
For more information please see our 'About Us' section on the website.
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