Email 27th March

Dear Parents / Carers,

Just a quick email from me to say I hope that you are all staying safe and enjoying some time together with your loved ones. I also hope the home learning is going well and that you are being creative with the activities that you are doing. 

I have to say that whilst this has been a crazy, surreal week in many ways it has also shown me how kind and caring everyone can be. We are very much in unknown territory at the moment but I know how supportive the Banwell School community is. Please keep looking after each other and stay safe.  

Please take some time to read the words below and acknowledge how well you're all doing!

Take care,


Dear Parents / Carers,

I am sure that you are all aware that last night the Prime Minister gave an update to the nation, in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic. 

He said people should leave home only to exercise once a day, travel to and from work where "absolutely necessary", shop for essential items and to fulfil any medical or care needs.

He also ordered the immediate closure of shops selling non-essential goods.

In light of this very serious directive I have a duty to protect all staff and children and ensure that everyone is staying at home, where at all possible. 

Therefore for any parent requesting emergency childcare from this point on I am now requesting the following:

  • Both parents must be key workers whose role is essential to the frontline response. Where possible, if either parent (or step parent), including parents who are separated, is not a key worker then they should be staying at home and can therefore look after any children. 
  • Both parents must provide school with clear evidence from their employers to confirm their essential key worker status. School will only provide emergency childcare once this has been received. This is in line with what other schools are requesting. 

I have instructed staff to work from home from now on and only intend to have a bare minimum of staff in school from tomorrow. It is therefore essential that we know which children, if any, we will be having. Please could you therefore contact the school office as matter of priority today to let them know whether you will continue to need emergency childcare, in light of the revised guidance last night. Please also complete and return the table below to confirm your requirements for the rest of this week and next.

I trust that all parents can understand why we are now insisting on such stringent measures. We must keep all children and staff at home, in line with clear requirements nationally, unless there is absolutely no other option. Thank you for your ongoing support in ensuring we can keep our whole school community safe and follow this advice. 


                Name of Child: _______________________________________________



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IMPORTANT - Emergency Childcare support for Children of Key Workers


I am writing to all parents who have indicated that they need emergency childcare to be provided by school. I am writing as a result of the heightened request from government over the weekend asking everyone to stay at home, unless absolutely necessary. I have attached a flow chart which should give further clarity to government advice.

The government has recommended the best advice is to try and keep your child at home wherever possible so that the spread of the virus is halted. This will help to keep them safe, your families safe and our communities safe. Many parents working in the key sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home, and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

We would therefore ask that all families using the childcare service at school to consider carefully whether their role is essential to the frontline response. If you are able to make alternative childcare arrangements at home then you should do so please. Where younger siblings are able to be cared for at home then their school age sibling should be cared for at home too.

We would anticipate that this emergency childcare will only be needed for families where both parents are key workers or sole parents with no access to any alternative care (e.g. a friend or other person eg, step parent with parental responsibility).


If, in light of the new advice, you will no longer require the emergency childcare then please let the school office know as soon as possible.


Please continue to follow the government advice should any member of your family display symptoms of the virus. We thank you so much for the support you have shown in this unprecedented situation and we wish you and your families well.

Best wishes,








20.03.2020 10.40am
Dear Parents and carers,
Please see the letter below regarding the latest guidance from the government regarding who meets the criteria as a Key Worker.
If you do meet the criteria, and it is absolutely necessary for you to send your child to school, please complete the form attached and return it to us via email at as soon as possible, no later than 1pm.
Thank you for your cooperation
Banwell Primary