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Childcare for key workers in Inverclyde

A basic education service is being provided in Inverclyde for the children of key workers even although all schools and nurseries are closing today, Friday 20 March.

The move means that the workers whose efforts are vital to keep the country going during the COVID-19 outbreak, will be able to do their jobs without worrying about childcare.

Inverclyde Council has created a short online survey for key workers to help plan what resources are needed. The survey can be accessed at:

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DQ6DZT6

... and through the Council's website at

www.inverclyde.gov.uk/coronavirus

Key workers include:

  • Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response and associated staff
  • Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work as well as critical primary and community care provision
  • Energy Suppliers
  • Staff providing childcare/learning from the above groups
  • All other Health and Care workers and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services, such as Fire, Police, Prisons, Social workers, etc.
  • All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, Convener of Inverclyde Council's Education & Communities Committee, said: "We need to work together to make sure that the services we rely on day-to-day, and during this outbreak, continue to be available where and when we need them.

"While schools and nurseries across Inverclyde will close after today (Friday 20 March 2020), the Council will provide basic education facilities to ensure key workers, including those employed in the emergency services, care sector and other critical service areas, can continue to go to work.

"We need their support and they need ours. Anyone who thinks they fall into the category of key worker should fill in the online survey as soon as possible."

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