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Key Worker application for school provision

Maintained educational provision for children of key workers during Covid-19

21.05.20            Key Worker children provision notice 


On June 1st, dependent upon Government confirmation, Riddings Junior School will be welcoming back its Year 6 children to school whilst continuing running provision for Key Worker & Vulnerable children who have been attending school since March 23rd.

The need to maintain small groups of 8 in separate classrooms for the 80 children who will be attending school means that school accommodation and staffing is at capacity.  You will be well aware of the limitations of our school building which make a normal school day a challenge let alone the issues that applying social distancing bring.

As a result it will be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to create provision for additional requests for the children of Key Workers who are being asked to return to work. This was an issue that we and other schools foresaw when wider reopening was first announced. There have been no workable solutions offered.  We will continue to do our utmost to meet requests but it may be that, given the constraints we face, we will not be able to offer your child provision.

Mr Cates



The government has published the list of key workers whose children are eligible to  attend school during the closures due to Covid-19.

“If workers think that they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of the essential public service”


Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined by the Government - please check this link if you are unsure.. 


 Please follow these key principles:


  1. Many parents working in Key Worker roles may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.
  2. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision may be available for them.
  3. Parents should do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.


If you believe that your child requires a placement and, having considered  the advice above, you still need to send them to school, please email school directly:


In this email please state:

1. Your child’s name and class.

2. Your job/role and we require that your employer provides confirmation that this qualifies within the government’s specified list.

3. The days and times which you would require your child to attend school (we appreciate that people will work shift patterns and will not, therefore,  require provision every day).

4. If your child requires a packed lunch from school or if they will bring one from home.


Please email as soon as you can, but please be aware that government advice remains that

“if it is at all possible for children to stay at home, they should.”




 We will aim to reply to emails confirming whether or not we are able to offer a place as soon as possible.


Given the expectation on schools to also provide placements and other services for vulnerable children, the need to be mindful of guidance on social distancing and the needs of our staff please be aware that we may not have the capacity to provide a place for all children at Riddings Junior School – if this is the case then arrangements with other schools may be necessary.


Please note: if your child comes to school we will be offering a range of supervised learning activities which will include some normal lessons taught by staff.  Despite this change our usual expectations of PRIDE will apply which will include the need to wear school uniform – at times of worry children find comfort in normality.

We have been, and remain committed to doing all that we can to support wider society and our school community in combating Covid-19.

Thank you and best wishes

Mr Cates


Key Worker Roles

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

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

This includes childcare, support and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes 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, and 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 COVID-19 response, or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, 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

This includes 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 COVID-19 pandemic), 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.


This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes 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 COVID-19 response, as well as 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 and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

If your school is closed, then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.