THE dedication of Dorset teachers, childcare providers and school support staff during the coronavirus pandemic has been recognised.
Dorset Council has said a huge thank you to these key workers for keeping much-needed education and childcare services going during the lockdown.
Many staff have worked through their holidays to provide care for vulnerable youngsters and key workers’ children.
Speaking after a Cabinet meeting this week, Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Children, Education and Early Help, said: “We are grateful to teachers, school staff and childcare workers for their dedication and hard work during these challenging times.
“Many worked through their Easter holidays to provide much-needed care for our most vulnerable children and also to support other key workers.
“Those working in education and childcare are in many ways unsung heroes. They aren’t as visible as other key workers, but they are also leaving their own families and going into work to do what is needed to help Dorset get through this crisis together.”
School staff and leaders have worked hard to make sure that children who usually receive free school meals do not go hungry during lockdown. Some have organised food parcels, others have been delivering meals or distributing food vouchers.
Teachers have also been working hard to educate their students using technology. A huge amount of effort is going into creating digital resources, keeping in touch with students as well as setting and marking work online.
During the Easter holidays many schools and childcare providers remained open. In Dorset 137 children went into school on Good Friday and 104 attended on Easter Monday. Many schools will also remain open during the upcoming half term break.
Latest figures show that at the end of April a total of 99 childcare providers across Dorset were still open, providing care for the children of key workers, those with special needs and children who are supported by a social worker.