24 December 2020

Childcare for keyworkers to be available in January

Arrangements are being made for keyworkers to request childcare at Aberdeenshire schools from Wednesday, January 6.

Children of key workers can attend school from Wednesday, 6th of January 2021 for school age education and childcare during normal school operating hours. To support each school in planning for this return, it is essential that we are aware of any children who will attending school based on their parent and/or carer’s key worker status.

We are prioritising those households where both parents are Category 1 or 2 key workers (or one parent in a single parent household). Please view Scottish Government guidance on key workers and Category 1 and 2 definitions.

You can register if both parents and/or carers are Category 1 and/or Category 2 key workers, or if you are a single parent who is a key worker. If you have other childcare support, including one parent and/or carer working from home, this must be used instead of an immediate return to school and therefore we ask that you do not complete this form.

Children and young people who are currently isolating should not attend.

We request that parents and/or carers who are Category 1 and/or Category 2 key workers register if their children will be attending school from Wednesday, 6th of January 2021. Please complete the registration for school attendance form and submit before 12pm on Monday, 4th of January 2021. You will need to submit one form for each of your children.

If your child attends an authority-run pre-school setting (linked/within a primary school), please use registration for school attendance form to register your child’s attendance.

Once you have submitted your registration it will be assumed your child(ren) will attend on 6th January 2021. If there are any concerns regarding the key worker category status of parents and/or carers the school will seek advice from officers, and you may be contacted for clarification.

If your child attends a funded-provider setting, please contact the setting directly for advice or contact: earlyyears@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

More information is available on the service webpage.