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Applications open for key worker childcare in Moray

By Jonathan Clark

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APPLICATIONS have opened for key worker childcare in Moray.

The application process will remain open until January 3, with people to find out on January 5 whether they have been allocated a place.

It should be assumed you have a place if you meet the criteria (below) but head teachers may request more information on January.

Key worker childcare will be in place from January 6 during school hours, with a staggered start, in all schools.

Online learning will be in place from January 11, including in schools for children of key workers. Children of key workers will attend their normal school or nursery.

There are three key worker categories, as defined by the Scottish Government.

Category 1: Health and care workers directly supporting the covid-19 response, and associated staff; health and care workers supporting life-threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); all school staff and staff providing daycare of children’s services.

Category 2: All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (for example: fire, police, prisons, social workers), as well as those supporting critical national infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.

Category 3: All workers (private, public or third sector) without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to coronavirus, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

School transport

School transport will run as normal from January 6 for children of key workers attending their usual school. Please indicate on your application form where this is required.


All early learning and childcare (ELC) settings will open for key worker and vulnerable children (as per above categories) until January 15 (starting Jan 6). A normal return for all ELC settings from January 18 is planned.


A lunch offering will be available – details to follow when numbers attending are known.

Online learning

Online learning will be in place for all pupils from January 11 to January 15 – details to come from schools.

If you require a laptop, please contact your school on January 5.

The length of this remote delivery has been provisionally set for a week but final decisions on the length of school building closure will be taken based on the prevalence of covid-19 in the new year.

Free school meals

Families with children entitled to free school meals on financial grounds and receiving payment over the Christmas period will continue to do so unless they are in a setting, in which case a meal will be provided there.

If your bank account details have changed please email education@moray.gov.uk with ‘free school meal payment’ in the subject line.

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