Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a number of children but will be closed to the majority from Monday 23 March. However, to help keep the country running, the Department for Education has published a list of key workers, for whose children will be prioritised for schooling/care during these closures.
Front line health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, including support and specialist staff in the health and social care sectors. In addition those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.
Nursery, teaching staff and social workers.
Those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.
Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.
Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food.
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.
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.