Following the announcement by the Welsh Government, all schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf and across Wales are closed for statutory education as the response to the coronavirus outbreak continues.

Emergency childcare applications for key/essential workers

The deadline for receipt of applications for emergency childcare for the period Monday, April 6, to Friday, April 17, (excluding bank holidays and weekends) was Thursday, April 2, at midday.

Applications for this period have now CLOSED.

If you are a key / essential worker with a child aged 3-14 (or 3-19 for pupils who usually attend a special school) and require urgent assistance with emergency childcare for this period, please e-mail schoolplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk

If you are a key / essential worker with a child aged 0-3 and require urgent assistance with emergency childcare for this period, please email childcareplayemergencyplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk

PLEASE NOTE - Only key/essential workers who work in one of the categories listed here  are eligible for emergency childcare during this period.

Please also read the important information below before contacting us.

This emergency childcare is available for RCT residents and RCTCBC employees.

The number of children in educational and childcare settings will be kept to the smallest number possible. Places in schools and childcare will be strictly limited and only the children of key/essential workers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response should be attending during this time.

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. It is imperative that, as far as possible, we minimise social contact. This means that if children can stay safely in their home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading and to protect those vulnerable to more serious illness as a result of the virus.

In accordance with Welsh Government guidance, if one parent is a key/essential worker in the fight against COVID 19 but the other parent is not, then the other parent should provide safe alternative arrangements at home when possible.

If you are classed as a key/essential worker but are able to perform the critical parts of your job effectively when working from home, then you should do so.

Keeping children safely in their home should limit the chance of the virus spreading and protect those vulnerable to more serious illness as a result of the virus.

Please only apply for emergency childcare provision as a last resort.

Children with underlying medical needs should be cared for at home to ensure their health and safety.

General Information 

Please note that the situation is continually developing and changing. Provision for the week commencing April 20 onwards is constantly being reviewed and this page will be updated in due course to reflect the developing national picture.  

To enable us to ensure adequate social distancing and staffing numbers, new applications will need to be made for the week commencing Monday, April 20, in due course.

Please e-mail any queries to schoolplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk

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