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Temporary day care provision supports key worker families during coronavirus pandemic

Article date - 08 June 2020

Temporary day cares set up by St Helens Council to provide provision for key worker families have been hailed a success.
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Located at Broad Oak Primary School,Parr, and Corpus Christi Primary School, Rainford, the day cares were established by the council’s Early Help Service and staff from the Bridge Centre in Roper Street.
They ran from the end of March to the end of May, between the hours of 7:30am-6:00pm, providing day care for children, aged six months to four years, whose parents were still required to go out to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thirteen key worker families were supported at Broad Oak Primary School - while Corpus Christi and staff from the Bridge Centre looked after nine key worker children.
In addition to providing provision for key workers children, staff also continued to support vulnerable families throughout this time.
Praising the effort of staff, Councillor Sue Murphy, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Developing Young People, said:
“The provision enabled key workers to continue to provide essential support to the community, confident that their children were attending a high-quality, Ofsted registered setting.
“To hear all the wonderful feedback from grateful parents on how staff, who are key workers themselves, have made a difficult time more bearable by providing care and comfort to their children, who have developed so much in such a short space of time, makes me very proud of the work that has gone on in children’s services as part of the council’s local response to the coronavirus pandemic.”