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Childcare and Education – Updated 08/04/2020

From East Lothian Council: East Lothian Council is updating parents and carers on its plans to continue supporting children and young people during the national closure of schools as a result of the Coronavirus from today (Friday, 20 March). In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday the Education Secretary, John Swinney, confirmed that:
  • Councils will be taking measures to protect vulnerable children who rely on schools for hot meals or a safe and supportive environment
  • Children of key workers will have continuing access to learning or childcare
  • The exam diet will not go ahead this year. The Scottish Qualifications Authority will put in place a certification model using coursework, teacher assessment of estimated grades and prior attainment.
East Lothian Council's six Children’s Hubs – providing emergency learning and childcare for key workers – opened on Wednesday, 25 March. You can read an update at the Council's website here: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/news/article/13195/update_on_childrens_hubs
Most after school clubs and societies have now been suspended. You can find more information at East Lothian Council's website: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210574/emergencies_safety_and_crime/12488/coronavirus/8
East Lothian Council have provided the following document for any parents who are a keyworker. https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/downloads/download/13305/coronavirus_schools_and_learning
Guidance setting out what childcare and learning provision we expect to be made available to key workers during closures of school and early learning and childcare (ELC) settings to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus---school-and-elc-closures-guidance-on-critical-childcare-provision-for-key-workers/
The Scottish Government has advised parents to continue to make appointments for their children to receive their vaccines throughout the Coronavirus period.
From the Parentline Scotland website: "Our staff are working from home to ensure that we can continue to offer help and advice to anyone who needs us. We will support every family to cope through coronavirus. "Call 08000 28 22 33 free, browse our website for advice and support, or start a webchat." You can read more at the Parentline Website here: https://www.children1st.org.uk/help-for-families/parentline-scotland/
From the Parent Club website: "Here at Parent Club we’ve put together some useful information on how to cope with this huge change and how to protect yourself and others." https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/health/coronavirus?age=0
Anyone can write in with a question for One Parent Families Scotland. Whether your question is about our services, benefits, your money, your children or other topics, our trained advisers will answer your question. Contact the Lone Parent Helpline on 0808 801 0323 or use the chat function at the website: https://opfs.org.uk/
From East Lothian Council: "Schools across the county have shared information from the council's Educational Psychology Service on how to manage emotions and discussions surrounding school closures." Information for parents Information for children and young people
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