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.

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Emergency Childcare Request

  • The deadline for receipt of applications for emergency childcare for the week commencing June 8 is 11.59pm on Tuesday, June 2.

Emergency childcare is available for RCT residents (who are key workers), RCTCBC employees (who are key workers) and particularly vulnerable learners only.

Emergency childcare is available on weekends for key/essential workers only. (Please note that weekend provision is only available at Tonyrefail Community School and special schools, and only for children of key/essential workers).

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Please Note: The following arrangements are under constant review and are subject to change due to staffing issues and resources. Whilst every effort will be made to maintain these arrangements, some changes may have to be made, often at short notice. 

Emergency childcare provision for children aged 4-14 (3-19 in special schools)

The forms below are for applications for the week commencing June 8.

If your child is 4 years old, please see the important information regarding applications for 0-4 year olds at the bottom of this page to ensure you complete the appropriate application form.

Please also read the important information below prior to completing the forms. Different forms are available, please ensure you complete the form appropriate to your circumstances.

Please read the forms carefully and select the most convenient and appropriate emergency centre (in relation to age range, faith and language required). Please note that some emergency centres are now Welsh Medium only and others are for certain age groups only – please read the description of each emergency centre fully and select appropriately.

The above form must be completed by all key/essential workers on a weekly basis.

The above form is for parents / carers of vulnerable pupils and pupils attending special schools/PRUs who are not currently accessing emergency childcare provision.  Vulnerable children and children in special schools/PRUs who are currently attending emergency childcare settings do not need to re-apply weekly, but must e-mail schoolplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk if their place is no longer required.

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

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

Emergency childcare is offered in 25 emergency settings throughout the Rhondda Cynon Taf area, namely:-.

  • Aberdare Community School (pupils aged 11-14 only)
  • Aberdare Park Primary School (primary school age pupils)
  • Aberdare Town Church in Wales Primary School (Faith provision)
  • Darran Park Primary School (primary school age pupils)
  • Dolau Primary School (dual language provision)
  • Ferndale Community School (pupils aged 11-14 only)
  • Glenboi Community Primary School
  • Gwaunmeisgyn Primary School
  • Heol-y-Celyn Primary School (dual language provision)
  • Porth Community School
  • St Michael’s RC Primary School (Faith provision)
  • Tonyrefail Community School
  • Treorchy Primary School
  • Trerobart Primary School
  • YGG Aberdar (Welsh Medium provision only)
  • YGG Llyn-y-Forwyn (Welsh Medium provision only)
  • Ysgol Garth Olwg (Welsh Medium provision only)
  • Ysgol Llanhari (Welsh Medium provision only)
  • Ysgol Nantgwyn
  • Tai Education Centre (only for current pupils of the school)
  • Ty Gwyn Education Centre (only for current pupils of the school)
  • Maesgwyn Special School (only for current pupils of the school)
  • Park Lane Special School (only for current pupils of the school)
  • Ysgol Hen Felin (only for current pupils of the school)
  • Ysgol Ty Coch (only for current pupils of the school)

Key/essential workers - emergency childcare for this group will be offered Monday to Sunday 8am – 6pm. (Please note that weekend provision is only available at Tonyrefail Community School. Pupils can attend the emergency centre selected on their application form on weekdays, but will need to attend Tonyrefail Community School on Saturdays and Sundays if emergency childcare is required over the weekend periods).

Vulnerable learners - emergency childcare will be offered Monday to Friday for usual school hours ONLY.

Special schools / PRUs - Pupils that attend special schools or Ty Gwyn/Tai Education Centre should apply to attend their usual school.

Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your emergency childcare provision you MUST email: schoolplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk

If you do not turn up for your allocated session, it will be assumed that you no longer require emergency childcare provision and your place will be cancelled.

Transport 

  • Parents / carers who are key / critical workers are responsible for the drop off and collection of their children from the chosen emergency setting.
  • Transport will be provided for learners attending special schools, however this may be different to your child’s regular transport provider.
  • Transport for vulnerable pupils will only be provided for children with a current social worker.
  • Parents / carers of these vulnerable pupils will need to advise the Council whether transport is required when they complete the above application form.
  • These children will be placed in their nearest emergency centre to enable transport to be provided more easily.
  • Please e-mail schoolplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk if you are in receipt of transport but no longer require it.

Meals

  • ALL pupils attending emergency childcare provision will be provided with meals.

Special Schools

All four special schools, will remain open.  This provision is only for pupils who usually attend these settings and whose parents/ carers have no suitable alternative childcare arrangements.

The four special schools are:-

  • Maesgwyn Special
  • Park Lane Special
  • Ysgol Hen Felin
  • Ysgol Ty Coch

These special schools will be open for core school hours only and transport will be provided, however this may be different to your child’s regular transport provider.  Meals will be provided. 

Weekend provision in these schools is available for key / essential workers only.  If this is required, please complete the application form and further information will be provided. 

Ty Gwyn and the Tai Education Centres will also be open to provide emergency childcare provision for parents/carers of pupils who usually attend these settings. 

Places at special schools, Ty Gwyn and the Tai Education Centre still require parents/ carers to complete an online application form if their child is not currently attending an emergency childcare setting: Application for vulnerable pupils and special schoolsThis form is for parents/carers of vulnerable pupils and pupils attending special schools / PRUs who are not currently accessing emergency childcare provision.  Vulnerable children and children in special schools / PRUs who are currently attending emergency childcare settings do not need to re-apply weekly, but must e-mail schoolplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk if their place is no longer required.

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

Further Information 

To enable us to ensure adequate social distancing and staffing numbers, applications need to be made on a weekly basis by all key/essential workers.

Applications for the week commencing Monday, June 15 will open on Sunday, June 7, and close at 11.59pm on Tuesday, June 9.

Vulnerable children and children in special schools/PRUs who are currently attending emergency childcare settings do not need to re-apply weekly, but must e-mail schoolplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk if their place is no longer required.

Please note that the situation is continually developing and changing.  Provision for future weeks  is constantly being reviewed and this page will be updated in due course to reflect the developing national picture. Please visit this web page regularly for application periods and processes for future weeks.

Please e-mail any queries regarding emergency childcare provision for children aged 4-14 (3-19 in special schools) to schoolplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk

Emergency childcare provision for children aged 0-4

If you are a key / essential worker with a child / children aged 0-4 years who has not yet started school on a full time basis, please complete this form to request support with your childcare arrangements. 

If your child is 0-4 and has not yet started school on a full time basis, you only need to apply once for a place in a non-school based childcare setting.

If you are a key / essential worker with a child who is 4 years old and usually attends a school setting on a full time basis, please apply for childcare in one of the school hubs. Application for key/essential workers – children aged 4-14Weekly applications need to be made for these school-based places.

Please note, support is only available for key / essential workers whose normal caring arrangements have broken down (i.e. family/friends no longer able to support) or if their working hours have increased / changed.

If you are the parent / carer of a vulnerable child aged 0-4, please apply here 

Please e-mail any queries regarding emergency childcare provision for children aged 0-4 to childcareplayemergencyplanning@rctcbc.gov.uk

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