School hubs set up for key workers during Easter break - where they are in Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby

A series of hubs have been set up in schools and nurseries across North Yorkshire to make sure critical workers have childcare throughout bank holidays, weekends and other times where there is no other local provision.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 7:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 7:52 am
Barrowcliff School

North Yorkshire County Council has worked with schools and settings to set up small hubs, located close to hospitals across the county, which will care for pre-school and school-aged children of key workers from Good Friday. They will operate from 7.45am to 5.45pm and will continue to operate as long as they are needed throughout the pandemic.

The majority of schools in North Yorkshire are already remaining open over the Easter holidays for children of keyworkers, but the hubs will fill in gaps in childcare in the county.

The early years hubs for children 0 to four will begin from Good Friday and will operate seven days a week. There will be a maximum of 10 places available for pre-school children in each hub and there will be qualified early years professionals on site.

The school hubs will run on weekends and bank holidays only, as there is expected to be sufficient cover provided by North Yorkshire schools being open during the working week. The hubs will open on Friday April 10 for the Easter weekend and there will be a maximum of 20 places available for the four to 12 age range. They will be staffed by people from the existing school workforce. Parents and carers are asked to transport their children to and from the hubs and to provide them with packed lunches.

To book a place for a child in one of the hubs, a link to the booking site can be found on North Yorkshire County Council’s website, along with a list of the hubs hereParents are being asked to pre-book places, which will also help the Children and Young People’s Services establish if there is a larger demand than anticipated, so it can adjust its arrangements accordingly.

The hubs in Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby are:

Ryedale area

Malton Community Primary School - all children aged 0 to 12

Scarborough and Whitby area

Whitby, Airy Hill Community Primary School - all children aged 0 to 12

Barrowcliff School, Scarborough - children attending school aged four to 12

Childhaven Day Nursery, Scarborough - pre-school children aged 0 to four

Kinder Place, Scarborough - pre-school children aged 0 to four