The Scottish Government has released further details on the definition of key workers:
- Category 1 – Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID response and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening work, Energy suppliers, staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff
- Category 2 – Health and Care workers and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services
- Category 3 – All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland.
Local Authorities have been advised to ensure that children of key workers, have continuing access to appropriate learning and childcare that allows parents/carers to participate in the COVID response.
Further Guidance on nursery closures
Further to the Education Minister’s statement in Parliament yesterday, 19 March, there is a detailed outline in a letter sent to the Local Authorities of the schools and nursery closures.
The letter contains very detailed guidance with regards all aspects of the closures and in particular to Private Nurseries the following is set out:
“We are advising private and third sector childcare providers that they can remain open subject to the following:
- That they refocus their operating models to support solely the children of critical workers and vulnerable children; and
- That, wherever possible, they do this in coordination with local authorities in their areas, to ensure maximum efficiency.
These measures apply to all registered day-care of children settings (including after school, breakfast clubs and holiday provision)”