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Vulnerable children in Hampshire to be supported during Easter holidays

Hampshire County Council say some of their schools will continue to support vulnerable children or children of key workers throughout the school Easter holidays (6 to 17 April 2020).

It is in response to the Department for Education requesting schools continue to support children who meet the criteria over the holiday fortnight - including Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said:

“Pre-schools, schools and childminders across the county have been fantastic in their response to the national effort in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"They have pulled out all the stops to ensure those children who are unable to remain at home safely can be cared for in their settings. 

“Feedback from our partner agencies such as the NHS, the police, the military and the utilities has been overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the tremendous efforts of Hampshire’s educators in keeping vital services running.

"Knowing their children are being safely looked after by schools is important for key workers.

“That said, it is reassuring to see that, generally, the number of children accessing the provision has been lower than expected as parents have heeded the government’s advice to keep their children at home.”

The County Council's services for Young Children Team is also available to help key workers in need of support, with anyone interesting in accessing help asked to email childcare@hants.gov.uk.

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