Key Worker Application for in-school learning and childcare March 2021

Closes 14 Mar 2021

Opened 19 Jan 2021


Early learning settings have now reopened and P1-P3 pupils have returned to school on a full-time basis.

At present, pupils in S4-S6 can also go into school on a part-time basis if they have practical work for their national qualifications. 

As a result of the First Minister's announcement on Tuesday 2nd March 2021, P4 to P7 pupils will return to school full-time from 15 March. All secondary pupils are likely to return on a part-time basis between 15 March and the end of term break with a full return being planned for all pupils after the Easter holiday.

The above plans are conditional on continued progress on suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19).

East Lothian Council requires key workers to apply for in-school learning and childcare for the period from 22nd March for children in stages S1 to S3.

This online application process is for new applicants only

If you already have a key worker space at one of our provisions this will continue in the new period. Applications for places starting week commencing 22nd March close on 14th March 2021.

Parents/carers who have previously applied and been unsuccessful should not reapply.

In order to qualify for a key worker place a family must fulfil the following criteria as outlined in Scottish Government guidance:

  • Families where both parent/carers key workers (or the sole parent is a key worker in the case of single parent families) and
  • neither parent/carer is able to work from home and
  • there is no additional informal childcare available.

We are applying these criteria consistently across all applications.

In-School Provision Hours - In-school childcare and learning will be provided during normal school hours, Monday to Friday.

School Meals - Children accessing the in-school childcare and learning will be provided with a free school meal on the days they attend.

Transport Arrangements - If your child currently receives  to school, will be provided.  

Applicants will be notified Thursday 18th March if they qualify for a place w/c 22nd March.

Please direct queries to

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