Dear parents and carers

The Governments roadmap for easing restrictions sets out some key mile stones and potential dates that will continue to effect the type and level of service we are able to provide. We wanted to provide you with an update regarding these next steps that will happen over the next month.

Although schools will be fully open from 8 March, providers should only offer indoor or outdoor face-to-face provision to:

  • vulnerable children and young people
  • other children, where the provision is:
    • reasonably necessary to enable their parents and carers to work, search for work, undertake education or training, or attend a medical appointment or address a medical need, or attend a support group
    • being used by electively home educating parents as part of their arrangements for their child to receive a suitable full-time education
    • being used as part of their efforts to obtain a regulated qualification, meet the entry requirements for an education institution, or to undertake exams and assessments

This means we have to ask you to continue to book sessions that meet the requirements above. Sadly meaning we can’t yet welcome back children who book extra sessions to simply come and play. Due to limited capacity and staggered finish times, please only book sessions you really need and ask your school to allow siblings to finish at the same time.

From 29 March, and in line with when schools close for the Easter holidays (5th April for Sheffield), out-of-school settings and wraparound providers will be able to offer:

  • indoor provision to:
    • vulnerable children and young people
    • children on free school meals, where they are attending as part of the Department for Education’s holiday activities and food programme
  • other children, where the provision is:
    • reasonably necessary to enable their parents and carers to work, search for work, undertake education or training, or attend a medical appointment or address a medical need, or attend a support group
    • being used by electively home educating parents as part of their arrangements for their child to receive a suitable full-time education
    • being used as part of their efforts to obtain a regulated qualification, meet the entry requirements for an education institution, or to undertake exams and assessments

Again with the exception of Healthy Holiday Activities (we are waiting to hear about funding for these), we still need to ask you to book the minimal sessions that only meet the criteria above and still can not welcome those who book holiday sessions for general play.

The government’s intention is then for out-of-school settings and wraparound childcare providers to be able offer provision as normal, to all children, from the start of the school summer term. This will be no earlier than 12 April, and will be confirmed as part of step 2 of the COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021.

What we need you to do now:

  • Continue to only book the sessions you need (in line with the guidance above)
  • Continue to book by the FRIDAY of the previous week – the latest is three days before
  • Continue to limit the number of settings your child attends
  • Log in to your account and check your child’s class and other details are correct
  • Email craigjudson@maskk.org.uk with details regarding collecting your child from school – what time do they now finish and where should they be collected from. Some classes finish 40 minutes apart and so this is very important so we can send a second escort so the children from the first class are not stood waiting. 
  • Continue to inform us if your child has any symptoms or has to isolate, even BEFORE you receive test results so that we can plan a back up in advance and NOT have to close/find cover last minute if our team have to isolate too
  • Look out for a parent/carer questionnaire in the next few months to help us plan ahead for the year to come

What MASKK will do now:

  • Continue to follow our Covid guidance from the DfE and local authority, including a maximum of 15 per group
  • Continue to use multiple rooms so we can distance children and separate schools when required
  • Continue to provide a reduced service,
    • After school club activities ending at 5:30pm and asking you to collect by 6pm at the latest (the buffer 30 minutes will be screen time while some team members start to clean) 
    • Holiday activities, starting at 8:30am and ending at 3:30pm and asking you to collect by 4pm (the buffer 30 minutes will be screen time while some team members start to clean) 
  • Continue to share our bookings with schools to enable them to support our collections and monitor bubbles
  • Now spring is here we will enjoy more outdoor play and walks, including on the way back from schools. If you are collecting before 5pm after school or 2:30pm holidays please text us on our main mobile 07784838169 and we’ll make sure we are back
  • We have invested in further cleaning tools and equipment to allow us to use more resources we can now safely clean increasing the play opportunities for the children
  • Implementing the new guidance from DfE:
    • You will notice team members wearing face coverings more often
    • Any young people in Y7 or above will also wear face coverings when they can not strictly stay 2m away from others
    • All staff members will be using asymptomatic testing twice per week
  • It has been a busy period behind the scenes, but we are catching up on reconciling accounts. I am sorry if your account isn’t currently up to date but will be for the end of the financial year (31st March)

Have any questions or need more information:

Please contact craigjudson@maskk.org.uk if you have any questions or concerns. Our team continue to work from home when we are not running sessions, some have reduced hours too, and so email remains the best way to get hold of us.

More information for parents and carers, from the DfE, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak 

Sheffield City Council have also created this website with more resources to: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/backtoschoolsafely