Anglesey care centres staying open

Many care centres will remain open in schools across Anglesey after the Easter holidays.

Staff in 24 island schools will care for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers who are leading the fight against Covid-19 – if they cannot be safely cared for at home.

Rhys Hughes, director of education, skills and young people at Anglesey Council, said: ”We’re extremely grateful for the support and co-operation seen across the island from staff at our schools.”

”There’s a strong sense of “Team Môn’ with great partnership working and mutual support between the county council, headteachers, teachers and classroom assistants.”

”Our schools and staff are playing an integral role in the work to support the National Health Service as well as other essential services.”

A full list of care centres open from Monday 20th – Friday 24th April can be found on the council’s website.

If you need emergency access to the care centre, contact your local school from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Anglesey Council also wants to ensure that parents or carers with children who are eligible to free school meals can claim the appropriate payments from April 27th onwards.

They must first complete an online form before Monday (April 20th) in order to claim the £19.50 on behalf of each qualified child.

There will be direct payments to the bank on a weekly basis and will replace the delivery of daily packed lunches.

Councillor Meirion Jones, the council’s member for education, skills and young people, said: ”The hard work and commitment of our school staff is continuing.”

”It has been incredible to see the level of support and co-operation between schools and the council in ensuring that our care centres remain open and accessible to those in need, in particular to those who are leading the fight against Covid-19.”

”Council staff have also been hard at work behind the scenes to ensure we have an appropriate system in place which will allow parents to claim payments on behalf of children eligible for free school meals. We will, of course, also continue to arrange a packed lunch for the children of those families not able to accept direct payments.”

To claim, eligible parents should complete the online form on the council’s website or phone the helpline on 01248 752 392 which is open daily from 9-5pm.

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