Summer childcare provision in Flintshire
Schools in Flintshire have provided very effective childcare for critical worker families and vulnerable learners during the period of school closure. However, Welsh Government has made it very clear that there is no expectation for schools and councils to be making childcare provision available for critical workers during the school summer holidays or when schools reopen for full time operations in September.
With the relaxation of the rules around families being able to create ‘extended household groups’ and the increased number of private childcare operators now resuming their delivery, parents should hopefully be able to make their own childcare arrangements if they are needed during the school summer holidays. Where schools have private holiday clubs operating on their sites, they have been working closely with those providers to make this facility available to parents. Parents of children aged 0-4 who have been accessing childcare via the Welsh Government’s Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme (C-CAS) and were registered prior to 12 July will continue to access that support until 31 August.
The Council is, however, working with local Town and Community Councils to reinstate some of the Flintshire Summer Holiday Play Schemes for the last two weeks of the summer holidays – 16 to 28 August. These play schemes will be delivered in line with the latest Welsh Government and Public Health Wales guidance. Not all Town and Community Councils have been able to support this shortened provision this year, but a significant number have and plans are currently being finalised. These schemes will be advertised on the Council’s website very shortly and promoted via the Flintshire Family Information Service to keep parents informed of where they are taking place and how they will operate.