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Coronavirus: Bank holidays care support in North Yorkshire

Coronavirus: Bank holidays care support in North Yorkshire

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 5:31pm 6th April 2020.

A series of hubs have been set up in schools and nurseries across North Yorkshire - to make sure critical workers have access to childcare throughout the Easter holidays.  

  • Childcare hubs have been set up in schools and nurseries in North Yorkshire. 
  • It's to make sure critical workers have access to childcare throughout the Easter holidays.  
  • The hubs will provide care for pre-school and school-aged children of key workers from Good Friday.

The hubs will care for pre-school and school-aged children of key workers from Good Friday.

They will operate from 7.45am to 5.45pm and will continue to operate as long as they are needed throughout the pandemic. 

Judith Kirk, the council’s assistant director of education, said the initiative, which follows the authority announcing it would keep schools open on the week days of the Easter holidays, aimed to help critical workers get into work when they had no other alternative for childcare.

She emphasised the hubs are only for parents and carers where there is at least one critical worker and there are no other alternatives for childcare.

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Mrs Kirk said:

“Parents and carers who have already made childcare arrangements should continue with their existing arrangements.”

Schools acting as hubs include Grove Road, Harrogate; Moorside Primary, Ripon;  Settle College; Greatwood, Skipton; Sutton-in-Craven CE Primary and Brougham Street Nursery, Skipton.

There will be a maximum of ten places available for pre-school age children range in each setting accepting the youngest children. Parents are being asked that all food, nappies and consumables are provided for their children. These hubs will be open seven days a week.

The hubs taking school-aged children will be running at weekends and bank holidays only as it is expected that there will be sufficient cover from schools being open during the working week, including the Easter holidays but excluding bank holidays.

Mrs Kirk said there would be a daily maximum number of 20 places available for school-age range over the bank holiday weekend.

The authority’s executive member for education, Councillor Patrick Mulligan said:

“We are so indebted to our frontline services. I think the message is getting through that staying at home is saving the NHS.

“We are trying everything we can to support the frontline staff so they can perform their roles. Their courage and determination is just extraordinary.”

To register for one of the hubs, click here.