Childcare provision for key workers Published: 20 Mar 2020

Childcare provision for key workers

Published: 20 Mar 2020


Part of: Health and social care, Public safety and emergencies, Coronavirus in Scotland, Education

Criteria provided to local authorities to determine local need.


Guidance on childcare provision for key workers has been published.


Following the decision to close schools and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings, the Scottish Government has provided guidance to councils on how to define key workers, which includes:


Health and care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response, life threatening emergency work, critical primary and community care; energy suppliers and teachers and those providing childcare for those at the frontline of the response all other health and care workers, emergency service and critical welfare workers and those supporting critical national infrastructure

workers in the public, private and third sectors without whom there would be a significant impact on Scotland

Councils will have the final say on the exact definition of vital community responders based on the needs of their area.


Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: