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

Closed 29 Dec 2020

Opened 22 Dec 2020


As a result of the First Minister's announcement of 19 December 2020, East Lothian Council requires key workers to apply for in-school childcare for Thursday 7th to Friday 8th January 2021 and for in-school learning for Monday 11th to Friday 15th January 2021.

From Monday 18th January 2021 we expect schools to be open to all staff and pupils for in-person teaching.

This online application process is for in-school childcare and learning for key worker children who would be attending East Lothian Council local authority nursery classes and schools in January 2021.

Key workers who the Scottish Government have indicated are Category 1 and 2 will be prioritised until uptake and staffing levels can be established.

If your child attends a local authority Early Learning and Childcare setting please complete this form.

If your child attends a partner provider (i.e. private nursery) or childminder you will need to contact them directly to apply for a key worker place.

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

If your child attends a local authority nursery your child will be offered Early Learning and Childcare on the days and hours that they were accessing before the Christmas break.

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

  • 7th to 8th January - parents/carers need to make their own arrangements on these days.
  • 11th to 15th January - If your child currently receives  to school, will be provided.  

Closing Date: 

The closing date for applying for an in-school key worker place is Tuesday 29th December 2020

Applications will be processed on Wednesday 30th December 2020 and applicants will be notified if they qualify for a place from 31st December 2020.

Please note the office will be closed from 4pm on 24th December and will reopen on 5th January. We will be unable to respond to any queries received during that time until after the office reopens.


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