From Monday 30th March 2020, the Council will move to operating a sustainable childcare provision in a small number of centralised locations across the city, in order to reduce the number of schools opening to provide childcare for key workers.
These locations will provide childcare for pupils from designated local ‘feeder’ schools.
Support for Pre-school children will be made available via the Council’s Family Gateway.
Keyworkers that are critical to the COVID-19 response are advised that childcare provision should only be used if there is no safe, alternative form of childcare available. Provision is still being prioritised for health and social care workers (including those working in homeless hostels and Outreach) and in the emergency services however, the provision arrangements will now also aim to accommodate wider categories of keyworkers, where possible.
Click on the link below to find out more about the application process.
School Closures in Wales
Please click on the link below to view the announcement from the Minister of Education, Kirsty Williams, regarding School Closures by Friday 20th March 2020.
Coronavirus - Covid 19
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.
Droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (termed respiratory secretions) containing the virus are most likely to be the most important means of transmission.
There are 2 routes by which people could become infected:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.
People who have returned from Category 1 specified countries or areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days after they return.
People who have returned from Category 2 specified countries or areas in the last 14 days are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms. All other pupils or students and staff should continue to attend school or university, including their siblings attending the same or a different school (unless advised not to by public health officials).
Throughout the UK Government response phases to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) the school will work closely with relevant authorities to make decisions which are in the interests of the all members of the community. However, to support the safety, wellbeing and continued learning of the children the school asks that all families
We appreciate that this is a worrying time for everyone. If you haven't already done so, we would encourage you to talk to your child/ren about Coronavirus. BBC Newsround provides regular updates and information which may be helpful for you to discuss with your child/ren.
BBC Newsround – Video for children explaining Coronavirus: ‘why it might not be as scary as it sounds’
BBC Newsround have produced a great video which explains the coronavirus without frightening children.