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Perth & Kinross Council expands key worker childcare provision

Perth & Kinross Council is expanding its provision of childcare for key workers. In addition to partner providers and childminders we opened five Children’s Activity Centres last week to look after the children for Category 1 key workers who had no other means of childcare. Now an expanded range of workers involved in the response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can submit applications for places at Children’s Activity Centres. People in the following roles can now apply: · NHS Tayside staff · Health and Social Care staff · GPs and associated staff · Perth & Kinross Council and partner organisations staff providing Children’s Activity Centre function · Energy providers – eligible staff will have been given a letter identifying them as key workers · Social work staff · Police Scotland staff · Scottish Fire and Rescue staff · Scottish Ambulance Service staff · Scottish Prison Service staff · Burial staff · Military staff involved in COVID-19 work Sheena Devlin, Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services with Perth & Kinross Council, said: “In line with national guidance, we would prefer children to stay at home wherever possible. “But we will provide care, at one of Children’s Activity Centres or through Partner Providers, for key workers where necessary. “Expanding the range of eligible workers will mean an increasing number of children being looked after, however we will maintain arrangements where they are looked after in small groups in order to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.” Applications for places can now be made through the Perth & Kinross website The five Children’s Activity Centres are currently located at North Inch Campus, Kinross Primary School, Community School of Auchterarder, Newhill Campus, Blairgowrie and Invergowrie Primary School. More may be required depending on the identified needs of families. We will be keeping our response to the needs for childcare under continual review to ensure that there is sufficient supply.

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