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Key workers without childcare urged to complete online form

In response to the closure of schools to most pupils across Cumbria last week, a total of 50 hubs across the county are offering childcare support to key workers from today.

Most parents and carers should have already been contacted by their child’s school or early years setting to notify them which hub their child can attend.

Key workers who still require childcare must make a request for this support on Cumbria County Council’s website by completing the following form online:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LRVDHXS

The council is asking all parents and carers to check government guidelines on who is an essential key worker before submitting an application:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

The council would also like to remind parents and carers who are key workers that, if it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be and  not to ask people who are in the strict social distancing category to care for your children (this includes people over 70 and those with underlying health conditions).

When accessing childcare hubs parents and carers should be mindful of the following guidelines:

  • Please do not to enter if you or family members living with you are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Please do not form any gatherings within the grounds or at the gates
  • Please observe social distancing children arrive at the education or childcare setting and reduce any unnecessary travel on coaches, buses or public transport
  • Please use the hand sanitizer before entering or on exit
  • Please wash your child’s clothing

Key workers can find further information about childcare on our website at  https://cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/serviceupdates.asp

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