Milton Park Primary School

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Critical workers and vulnerable children

Inline with government guidelines, school remains open to children who have are identified as vulnerable and children of parents who classed as critical workers.

If your child falls within the vulnerable criteria school may contact you and offer a place within school, the expectation is children will attend daily. If you decide your child, for safety reasons needs to remain at home, they will be expected to engage in daily remote learning and school staff will regularly check in with you are your child.

If a parent is classed a a critical worker spaces can be booked for the days you require additional support. We ask that parents book through by email You will be asked to provide a form of identification from your place of work and to update us weekly on your work schedule. The government advice is for children to stay at home where possible, therefore there maybe a  need to prioritise those families who have 2 parents who are keyworker over a family who has one parent, who is a critical worker and one parent who is at home. 



Government guidance identifies vulnerable children as those who:

  •  have a child in need plan, or  child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers due to social care involvement
    • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
    • those living in temporary accommodation
    • those who are young carers
    • those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
    • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections. Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school or college if required.

There are 8 categories of critical worker, as detailed below:

Health and social care  doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare  childcare, support and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response and the delivery of and response to EU transition or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines). Public safety and national security This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.