Eaton Bank Academy

Emergency Childcare for Key Workers 22/3/2020



You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. @GavinWilliamson – Education Secretary

Please do not send your child to school unless you have received an email confirming your key worker place. Following the advice of the Government we are keeping staff numbers to an absolute minimum and will therefore not be able to accommodate additional students.

School is open for emergency childcare only – when absolutely no other alternative is possible to prevent the spread of the virus. Older siblings can look after younger siblings.

Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. Please note that the school will not be able to provide a teaching timetable. However, the school will be open 8.45am to 3pm and staff will be available to supervise students’ self-study. Students will be expected to wear full school uniform.

The Government has now provided further clarification regarding the list of Key Workers.

The list is as follows:

Health and social care
Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare
Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services
Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods
Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security
Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.

Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services
Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.

If you replied to the email yesterday, you do not need to reply again. Otherwise, if you are a key worker based on the criteria above and would like to apply for a school place from net week, please reply ASAP to with the following information.

Parent’s name:

Place of work/job role:

Name of student/year group:
Will you require a full time or part time place (please specify days, times if PT) :

School transport:

Free school meals:


If you would like to request a school place please can we have this information ASAP today (Friday 20th).

Thank you for your support,