Decision details

Emergency provision of child care for pre-school children during the coronavirus outbreak

Decision Maker: Assistant Director Education, Development and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Due to the closure of most child care facilities and pre-school educational settings from Friday 27th March due to lack of demand or due to staff shortages (self-isolation or sickness) and the open settings unable to accommodate more children, emergency hubs in key locations are needed in order to accommodate the children of vulnerable families and key workers during the coronavirus emergency.

There are 2 types of hubs being proposed;
1. To use existing settings, asking them to close as their nursery and open as a hub. They would manage and provide staff where possible and charge the LA. If and when the nursery could no longer operate with the existing staff due to illness, they would use Hoople staff to allow the hub to remain open. The private setting is willing to offer extended hours and will take whole families.

2. Schools with or without nursery space house the nursery Hub, this is run preferably by a redeployed LA EYFS teacher supported by Hoople staff. The second option is that this is run by a nursery manager or Deputy Manager and has either their own (at a cost) or Hoople staff.

Contact: Ceri Morgan, Assistant Director Education Development and Skills Email:

Publication date: 26/03/2020

Date of decision: 26/03/2020

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