20 March 2020 20:30
Around 50 hubs to look after primary age children of key workers in Liverpool will open on Monday - with all secondary shools in the city set to shut their doors. The move follows the Government's decision to close schools later today until further notice, as part of the response to coronavirus. The strategically located school sites are only for primary age pupils whose parents are key workers and have no other safe childcare available to them, and will initially be open from 9am until 4pm. Parents of primary school children who are eligible are asked to take their child to the nearest site which is convenient for them on Monday, where there will be staff available to receive them. There will be no provision for secondary school pupils, but secondary schools are identifying vulnerable children and will be proactively contacting those parents directly to see if they need any support.
The city's five nursery schools - Abercromby Nursery School; Chatham Place Nursery School; East Prescot Road Nursery; Ellergreen Nursery School and Everton Nursery School - are remaining open and will accept children of key workers who have no other available childcare. Some special schools will be open - Palmerston School; Princes Primary School; Hope School; Sandfield Park School; Woolton High School; Redbridge; Milstead; Abbotts Lea and Bank View – and will be in touch with parents regarding their capacity to support children. The list of key workers is: · Social workers, care workers, health and social care staff and those required to maintain the sector · Teachers, specialist education professionals and nursery staff · Staff essential to the operation of the justice system · Administrative staff in local government essential to the delivery of the COVID-19 response · Staff delivering essential public services such as payment of benefits · Staff involved in the distribution of food or other key goods · Police and police support staff · Transport workers · IT staff necessary to support COVID-19 response · National security staff · All Saint's Catholic Primary, Oakfield, Anfield · Anfield Road Primary School, Anfield Road, Anfield · Barlows Primary School, Barlows Lane, Fazakerley · The Beacon Church of England Primary, Heyworth Street, Everton · Dovedale Primary, Herondale Road, L18 · Fazakerley Primary, Formosa Drive, L10 · Faith Primary School, Prince Edwin Street, L5 · Florence Melly Primary, Bushey Road, L4 · Greenbank Primary School, Mossley Avenue, L18 · Holy Cross Primary, Fontenoy Street, L3 · Holy Name Catholic Primary, Mosspits Lane, Fazakerley · Hunts Cross Primary School, Kingsthorne Road, L25 · Kensington Community Primary School, Brae Street · Kingsley Community School, Eversley Street · Matthew Arnold Primary School, Dingle Lane, Dingle · Mosspits Lane Primary School, Mosspits Lane, Wavertree · Middlefield Community Primary, Alder Wood Avenue, Speke · Monksdown Primary School, Monksdown Road, Norris Green · Northcote Community Primary, Cavendish Drive, Walton · Our Lady & St Philomena's Catholic Primary School, Sparrowhall Road, L9 · Our Lady and St Swithin's Catholic Primary, Parkstile Lane, L11 · Phoenix Primary School, Birchfield Road, L7 · Rice Lane Primary, Brockenhurst Road, L9 · Rudston Primary School, Rudston Road, L16 · Sacred Heart Catholic School, Hall Lane, Kensington · Springwood Heath Primary, Danefield Road, Allerton · Sudley Junior School, Aigburth Road, L17 · St Ambrose Primary School, Alderfield Road, L24 · St Christopher's Catholic Primary, Tarbock Road, L24 · St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, Orthes Street, L3 · St Oswald's Catholic Primary School, Montague Road, Old Swan · St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary School, Uttington Avenue East, L11 · St John's Catholic Primary, Fountains Road, Kirkdale · St Margaret's Anfield CE Primary, Lower Breck Road, Anfield · St Paul & St. Timothy's Infant School, South Parkside Drive, L12 · St Paul's Catholic Junior School, Spring Grove, L12 · St Sebastian's Catholic Primary School, Holly Road, Fairfield · Stockton Wood Primary, All Saints Road, Speke · Windsor Primary School, Upper Hill Street, L8 · Woolton Primary School, Out Lane L25 · St Hugh's Primary School, Earle Road, L7 · Our Lady Immaculate Primary School, Northumberland Terrace, L5 In addition, children's centres will be open for parents of children on free school meals to collect vouchers which can be redeemed in store or online at ASDA. The list of hubs is available at www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus Director of Education, Steve Reddy said: "These are unprecedented times and I would like to thank all schools for their support over the last couple of days in coming up with a list of hubs. "It is really important that people understand that the Government has instructed all schools to close from Friday.
"Many were already struggling to continue to provide an education for children due to the number of staff in self-isolation. "We simply can't keep every school site open because that would not be sustainable, so what we have tried to do is come up with a list of strategically placed sites which we believe can be staffed, at least in the short term. "My appeal to parents is to only take their child to a hub if they are on the list of key workers and they have no other childcare available to them. "I want to be really honest with people: I know that the list of sites is not perfect, and that it will inconvenience some parents, but we are trying to do our very best in what are very exceptional circumstances. "Please keep checking our website regularly for updates and bear with us as we prioritise support for parents whose job is essential to keeping the city functioning and do not have any other available childcare." BCC Appeals that Cleaning Staff Must be Considered as 'Critical or Key Workers' The Government published a list of 'key workers' on Friday 20 March 2020 whose children will continue to be cared for at school amid the coronavirus pandemic – but the British Cleaning Council raises concerns that cleaners are not included. The Government has requested that all schools provide optional care for a limited number of children, which includes critical and key workers, stating on Gov.UK: "If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision: Education and childcare Key public services Public safety and national security Utilities, communication and financial services If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service." – Gov.UK website This means that parents working in the cleaning sector are not eligible to apply for childcare provision from schools – which jeopardises their ability to work under the social distancing protocol. The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has responded to this omission with the following appeal: AS we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together as an industry, it is my duty to keep you informed about how the British Cleaning Council (BCC) is campaigning to ensure that people within our industry are viewed as essential 'critical or key workers' who are needed more than ever to ensure we not only maintain but elevate hygiene standards in the UK in order to come out of this crisis quicker. The BCC and its members have the staff, products, equipment and machinery to reduce the risk to human health by providing & maintaining clean, sanitised and safe premises and environments. Our cleaning staff throughout the UK have the expertise, training and knowledge to carry out sanitisation, hygiene, clinical or decontamination cleans so it is essential that the workforce are kept available by being identified as 'critical or key workers' by the Prime Minister and the British Government. And our machinery and equipment providers need to produce and supply specialist cleaning equipment that our staff can use. The cleaning industry represents nearly 4% of the UK workforce and if we do not identify our people as 'critical or key workers' then hygiene in the UK will drop with the effect that the virus may flourish. Support the BCC and all its members and keep our people at work maintaining the hygiene of the country and providing vital sanitisation services. On behalf of the BCC, may I thank you for your support in these difficult times as with your support our staff can carry on with their invaluable work in order that together we can defeat this awful disease. Chairman – British Cleaning Council Article written by Daisy Miceli Related Articles