All Perth & Kinross Council schools and nurseries were closed to staff, children and young people from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice. During this time childcare provision has been made for key workers.
People in or retasked to the following roles can submit applications for places at Children’s Activity Centres.
- NHS staff
- Health and Social Care staff
- GPs and associated staff
- Perth & Kinross Council and partner organisations staff providing Children’s Activity Centre function
- Energy providers – eligible staff will have been given a letter identifying them as key workers
- Social work staff
- Police Scotland staff
- Scottish Fire and Rescue staff
- Scottish Ambulance Service staff
- Scottish Prison Service staff
- Burial and cremations staff
- Military staff involved in COVID-19 work
- Pharmacy staff
- Refuse collection staff
- Vector Aerospace employees supporting national infrastructure work
- RASAC Perth & Kinross staff
Perth and Kinross Council has also updated its criteria for childcare provision for key workers to include anyone whose partners work in food production, agriculture, postal and delivery services or in the agriculture/food haulage sectors. These people can now apply for places if they cannot care for their children at home.
In addition to partner providers and childminders, PKC has opened five Children’s Activity Centres to look after the children of Category 1 key workers who have no other means of childcare. The five Children’s Activity Centres are currently located at North Inch Campus, Kinross Primary School, Community School of Auchterarder, Newhill Campus, Blairgowrie and Invergowrie Primary School.
The centres will operate seven days a week where there is demand for weekend support and will be open over the Easter break. A number of Partner Provider Nurseries and registered childminders will also be providing spaces for children over the coming weeks.
How to Apply
Applications can be made by completing the online application form.
Parents and carers who completed the key worker survey and think they meet the criteria for place at one of the Children’s Activity Centres should contact their line manager for confirmation of their key worker status.
National guidance recommends that employers should work with unions and staff to identify those workers who are vital to the Coronavirus response and for the delivery of essential and safe services; consider introducing new shift patterns, home working, recruiting more staff or dropping non-essential tasks to reduce demand for places at Children’s Activity Centres.