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
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
Further information is available on the Scottish
Government website: www.gov.scot/keyworkerchildcare