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Easter Schools Plan for North Yorkshire

Easter Schools Plan for North Yorkshire

Published by Matthew Pells at 8:14am 4th April 2020.

The majority of schools catering for the children of critical workers in North Yorkshire will remain open over the Easter holiday.  

The Director of Children and Young People’s Services at the county council, Stuart Carlton, says that in addition to meet any gaps in provision they are setting up a series of additional childcare hubs across the county.  

Some of these new hubs will cater for school-aged children and some will cater for pre-school children 0-4.   They will operate from nearby schools and nurseries and will be close to local hospitals. Parents can book onto the hubs for a full or half day and they will open from 7.45am to 5.45pm.

The new early years’ hubs 0 to 4 will be open from Good Friday and will operate seven days a week. There will be a maximum of ten places available for pre-school children in each hub.

The new hubs for school-aged children aged 4-12 will only run on weekends and the Easter bank holiday (including Good Friday) as there is expected to be sufficient cover from North Yorkshire schools during the normal working week. They will offer a maximum of 20 places.

The new hubs will be staffed from the existing school workforce.

Home to school transport

There will be no home to school transport provided on Good Friday, Easter Monday or over any weekends to any school or hub and we ask that on those days, parents and carers are responsible for transporting children to school. 

Home to school transport providers are liaising with schools to find out whether there is a need to operate during the rest of the Easter holidays. 

If transport operators don’t have the ability to continue to transport pupils to school, then alternative arrangements are being put in place between ourselves and the schools. 

For any critical workers who are having problems accessing school or early years provision, help is available by emailing North Yorkshire County Council on cyps.covid19@northyorks.gov.uk and providing full details, including your usual educational setting, the days needed for child care, any other issues and contact details.

Free school meals

Schools in North Yorkshire are using different approaches to continue to provide free school meals, according to the resources they have. But all families who are entitled to free school meals will continue to receive these or vouchers during term time and should contact their school for details.

Early years funding

North Yorkshire County Council say they have agreed to fund early years’ provision over the Easter holiday for the children of critical workers so they can continue with their vital contribution to the Covid-19 response.  The additional funding will be based on their normal entitlement to funded childcare provision.

Critical workers should check with their early years’ provider as to whether they are offering funded provision for critical worker children during the Easter holiday period. 

If you are a critical worker and you are having difficulty accessing early years childcare during the Easter holiday period you can contact the council on 01609 780780 or email  cyps.covid19@northyorks.gov.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

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