Childcare provision for the Vale of Glamorgan's key workers doing essential work through the COVID-19 outbreak has changed to a hub-based system.
14 hubs are available across the Vale of Glamorgan. The hub model is based on local school clusters working together to deliver the childcare provision for their area.
This will enable them to redeploy and rota teaching and support staff to keep the hubs open for a sustained period, and provide the best possible quality of provision given the circumstances.
14 hubs will mean that the number of pupils attending will remain relatively low in order to ensure that we are able to maintain safe social distancing measures.
All hubs provide childcare for households where both parents/carers are key workers or for single family households where the parent/carer is a keyworker. Evidence of this will be required. Please refer to the list below to check if you are eligible.
Children should stay at home wherever possible and if it is safe to do so. In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to applications from families in which there is only one key worker.
Key worker definition
Following consideration of the logistics of hub management and our current position in Wales with regard to the pandemic, we are changing operating hours for our hubs.
These changes are as follows:
- No more weekend provision after the 30/31 May 2020.
- From 8 June 2020, hub opening hours will reduce to 8am-6pm.
As always, this provision is under constant review, and we will take a pragmatic and flexible approach working with our hub leads to ensure a safe and effective provision for our staff, key worker families and most vulnerable children.
It remains the case that the hub childcare provision should only be used as a last resort where all other options have been exhausted by parents and carers, and wherever possible, children and young people should remain in the safety of their own homes. The wellbeing and safety of both staff and pupils is absolutely paramount.
A centrally managed application process has been put into place in order to allocate qualifying children a place at one of our Hubs.
Applications should be submitted weekly by parents, no later than Thursday at 4.00pm for the following week (Monday to Sunday). This is to ensure that appropriate planning and resources can be put in place to accommodate all children.
We continue to review the effectiveness of our hubs to ensure that the wellbeing of our children and staff remains the primary consideration. As a result, it has been decided that from 18 May, children of key workers who would normally attend St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School or Ysgol Pen Y Garth will attend the hub based at Llandough Primary School instead of Ysgol Y Deri.
If you have submitted an application form for the current week and require an amendment to the hours required, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond at our earliest opportunity.
We have published some further guidance for parents who are employed in key worker roles. Five things you need to know about sending your child to school, key workers and social distancing:
Key Worker Guidance