Schools and early years

Schools

Key worker childcare for Easter holidays

We are providing P1 to S2 childcare for key workers across the city during the Easter holidays in 

  • Craigroyston Community High School 
  • Drummond Community High School 
  • Firrhill High School
  • Holy Rood High School
  • St Augustine’s High School
  • Queensferry Primary School.

Check if you're a key worker

The hubs will be run by communities and families staff who are experienced in

  • early learning and childcare 
  • active schools / sports
  • community learning and education.

The leadership of each hub will be an experienced manager from either schools or early years. All staff working in the hubs will have PVG clearance.

If you are a key worker and require childcare support during the Easter holidays please complete the survey below to request a place at your preferred school. More than one option can be selected. If you need to rely on public transport please consider the reduced bus service currently available.

Request Easter holiday childcare

Childcare will be provided from 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday between Monday 6 April and Monday 20 April (inclusive). This will also include a free lunch of soup and sandwiches.

Please complete one survey per child. If you do not require childcare during the Easter holidays then there is no need to complete this form.

All parents / carers will be contacted directly by email to confirm details for the Easter holidays. If you have any specific queries then please contact your own school’s admin mailbox.

Key worker childcare and learning arrangements

We’re providing prioritised learning and childcare for key workers, who remain crucial in supporting our city’s response to this crisis. 

We have also included Police Scotland parents and carers as category 1.

We have opened 24 school buildings across the city to provide childcare for families where both parents and carers fall within the key worker category and who have no other possible childcare arrangements.

Primary schools that will be open are

  • Bonaly
  • Broomhouse
  • Castleview
  • Craigour Park 
  • Craigroyston
  • Forthview
  • Juniper Green
  • Oxgangs
  • Pirniehall
  • Queensferry
  • St David's RC
  • St Joseph's RC
  • St Peter's RC.

Secondary schools that will be open are

  • Broughton
  • Craigmount
  • Craigroyston
  • Drummond
  • Firrhill
  • Forrester
  • Gracemount
  • Holy Rood
  • St Augustine’s
  • The Royal High
  • Tynecastle.

We’re looking at providing up to 3,500 places for children of key workers to ensure those

  • health and care workers
  • emergency services staff
  • other essential workers

are able to get on with their vital jobs in these challenging times. 

We’ve followed Government advice and prioritised those who need support to fulfil a key role in keeping our city running and we’re very grateful to all others in Edinburgh for their understanding in making other arrangements during the closures. 

Emergency day care is also being put in place for specific learners in some of our schools which provide additional support needs.

All parents / carers have been contacted directly via email to inform them which school and on what day their children needs to attend.

Staff in all the school buildings and early years settings will ensure measures are in place so children follow the latest health protection guidelines to keep themselves and everyone else safe.

Specialist support

Emergency day care is also being put in place for specific learners in some of our schools which provide additional support needs. We’ll be communicating directly with the parents and carers of these young people.

Please be patient and we would ask that you do not phone the council about places at the schools. Our teams are working hard to accommodate requests and will contact you. Thank you for your patience.

Free school meals

We’ve issued over 5,700 payments to families to meet the cost of free school meals due to school closures and you will get a letter from us to confirm this.

We are also writing to families of children in P4 to S6 who received school meals but not a clothing grant to get details to arrange payment. You should receive a letter in the next week. We’ve also given additional funding to help support families with children receiving free school meals through the Easter holidays.

Council Leader Adam McVey said:

“I’m pleased that we've been able to ensure young people who receive Free School Meals will continue to be supported with this payment. We’ve also given additional funding to help support families with children receiving free school meals through the Easter Holidays."