Decision framework for education and childcare in Wales
A working document published by the Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams sets out the Welsh Government’s current thinking for how schools and childcare providers’ operations will change to allow social distancing.
The Welsh Government is working with scientists, public health experts, teachers, education providers, trade unions and local authorities to consider the options for the next phase for schools, childcare settings and play services.
With regards to childcare and play settings, The decision framework for the next phase of education and childcare: considerations, planning and challenges states that decisions will need to be taken in parallel to those around schools, to support families in accessing wrap around and out of school childcare. Decisions such as whether or not to allow settings to open to all ages, or to gradually open to different ages, will be informed by full consideration of the evidence, the likely impacts and after consultation with the sector.
Kirsty Williams said:
‘This will not be one decision but a series of decisions over time increasing, or if need be, decreasing operations … I can guarantee that an increase in operations will be a phased approach. I do not expect that schools or other education settings across Wales will be open for all learners, from all years, all week, anytime soon. … These changes will be complex, with many different considerations, I want the working document to be a stimulus for wider discussion and feedback.’