Key Workers: Who are They?

Key workers are able to have their childcare provided by local schools which remain open with skeleton crews to ensure vital services remain open

Health and Social Care. This includes doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, home carers and staff required to maintain our health and social care sector

Education. This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who will remain active during the Covid-19 response

Public safety and national security. This includes civilians and officers in the police (including key contractors), Fire and Rescue Service, prison service and other national security roles

Transport. This will include those keeping air, water, road and rail transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response

Utilities and Communication. This includes staff needed for oil, gas, electricity and water (including sewage) and primary industry supplies, to continue during the Covid-19 response, as well as key staff in telecommunications, post and delivery, services and waste disposal

Food and other necessary goods. This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution and sale, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (e.g. hygiene, medical etc)

• Other workers essential to delivering key public services

• Key national and local government including those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response

If there are family members, relatives, friends or household members who can provide this childcare to follow the government’s strict advice to stay at home apart from for essential such as food, medicine or key work, that is safer than sending children to school where they could carry, catch or transmit the virus to more vulnerable people.

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