Supporting Key Workers – Covid 19

Little Plums Day Nursery will remain open to those children that have a parent/career that falls into the definition of Key Workers. We will continue to operate as such through this difficult period as long as we have enough staff to cover.

The official list of Key Workers that the country requires to continue to work, during these difficult times, has been released this morning.

The wellbeing of our Children, Staff and the wider community remains paramount and we must all ensure we follow the guidelines set by the Government.

If you believe you meet the definition of Key Worker or have a child that is Vulnerable i.e. has a social worker or an education health care plan please let us know if you have not done so already.

This will allow us to ensure we staff appropriately from next week.

We will email all parents that we believe have qualified for a place next week. This will be done late this evening. The majority of you, we have already spoken to.

In accordance with the Government guidance we are unable to offer spaces to children that do not meet the below definition. We appreciate that this poses challenges however we must all put the interest of the wider community first.  

Official Key Worker List

Vulnerable children:

Children who are “supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans”.

Health and social care

Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.

Key public services

Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.

Food and other necessary goods

Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.

Public safety and national security

Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation.


Those who will keep air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the Covid-19 response.

Utilities, communication and financial services

Staff required to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services i.e. bank workers.