Monday 1st Feb 2021
I am writing to let you know that from Wed 3rd February, the nursery places in Yellow Class will need to be reserved for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers only. This is in order to keep staff and children as safe as possible during these difficult times. Please see the criteria below to see if you will be entitled to a place. Unfortunately, if you do not meet these criteria, you will need to keep your child at home until at least 8th March 2021, which is the date when the Government may be reopening schools to all children. This date will be kept under review according to Government advice.
Thus far, we have remained open to all children, supporting parental choice. In other classes we are still in a position to do this, as many families are choosing to keep their children at home and numbers are low. However, numbers of children attending in Yellow Class are too high. Staff and full time children are currently coming into contact with almost 45 other people on a daily basis. Covid-19 cases in Bradford are still increasing, as are hospitalisations and deaths. I have a duty as a Head teacher to provide as safe an environment as possible for my staff and of course, your children, so I hope you will be able to offer your continued support and understanding.
I fully appreciate that this may create difficulties for you and your family and we will continue to support you in any way we can whilst your children are at home. We will aim to visit you once a week and deliver a Home Learning Pack with activities and resources. We will also add videos each week to your child’s class page on our website, within ‘Playing and Learning at Home’. This will enable your children to see their teachers and still benefit from the Group Time learning experiences that they would usually have in Nursery. Also on our website, there are many other activities and links to additional high quality Early Years learning and ideas.
www.stedmundsbradford.org.uk Playing and Learning at Home
If you are a critical worker or your child is considered vulnerable and you would like them to continue to attend Nursery in Yellow Class. Please let us know by telephoning the school or speaking to Dina on Tuesday 2nd Feb.
If you do not meet the criteria but your family circumstances are such that you feel you have no other option but to continue bringing your child to Nursery, we are happy to discuss matters with you, but cannot guarantee a place.
Again, I thank you for your support and understanding.
Sian Hudson (Headteacher)
Vulnerable children and young people
Vulnerable children and young people include those who:
- are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
- have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
- children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
- adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
- those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
- those living in temporary accommodation
- those who are young carers
- those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
- care leavers
- others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health
Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections. Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required, but parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.
Health and social care
This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
- support and teaching staff
- social workers
- specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach
Key public services
- those essential to the running of the justice system
- religious staff
- charities and workers delivering key frontline services
- those responsible for the management of the deceased
- journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting
- Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:
- the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
- essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food:
- sale and delivery
- as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)
Public safety and national security
- police and support staff
- Ministry of Defence civilians
- contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
- fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
- National Crime Agency staff
- those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas
Transport and border
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
- staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
- the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
- information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
- key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
- postal services and delivery
- payments providers
- waste disposal sectors