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Key Workers and Access to Childcare

The Scottish Government and local authorities are working together to ensure key workers with no other option for childcare can request access for childcare to allow them to continue to play their vital role in the national response to COVID-19. 

On Tuesday 24 March the Scottish Government and COSLA released a joint statement providing further guidance on Key Workers access to childcare.

We cannot designate whole workforces or entire groups of staff key workers. There are three Key Worker categories based on the need to ensure our key workers have access to critical childcare and are able to deliver essential public services and maintain critical public infrastructure. 

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. Only key workers who cannot fulfil their critical functions when they are working remotely from home may qualify for critical childcare provision.

The Scottish Government, COSLA and local government partners have agreed that it is vital that decisions about key workers in relation to childcare places are taken locally to address local priorities and in line with the national criteria.

Further information is available on the Scottish Government website: