Stirling Council will continue offering childcare for essential workers involved in the current national emergency during the Spring Break - with another facility opening for under-3s.
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Childcare hubs in five locations – Callander, Cowie, Dunblane, Killearn and St Ninians - have been operational since Monday, 23 March, providing care for more than 300 children.

On Monday (6 April), these will be joined by a new hub at the nursery within Raploch Community Campus, which will support families with children under the age of three.

Parents and carers who are categorised as essential workers and require childcare for this age-group can make a request via our website.    

If you are an essential worker that has applied for childcare and have not been contacted, please phone the hub in the location you applied for:

  • Callander – McLaren High School (01786 237973)
  • Cowie – St Margaret’s Primary School (01786 237954)
  • Killearn – Killearn Primary School (01360 550025)
  • St Ninians – St Ninians Primary School (01786 237975)
  • Dunblane – Dunblane Primary School (01786 822351)

Stirling Council’s Convener of the Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Susan McGill said: “We are maintaining this offer of childcare during the upcoming holiday period as it’s likely essential workers will continue to need this support during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s also important we recognise this wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated staff volunteering to work in the hubs over the holidays, and we would like to thank them again for their outstanding efforts throughout this unprecedented situation.”  

Updates on other education and children’s services during the Spring Break

Free school meals
The delivery of free school meals will also continue during the upcoming holidays, with the latest schedule and criteria available on the Stirling Council website

Remote Learning and flexible education
During the holidays remote learning will not continue. Leadership teams will stay in contact with some children who need additional support during this time.

Advice, support and other online resources
A dedicated telephone advice line and email enquiry service for those seeking advice about children and young people’s support needs, learning and well-being is up and running. Online resources on these matters are also available, along with information on child protection in the current situation.

These can all be accessed on our Coronavirus Education Updates page.

Vice Convener of the Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Christine Simpson said: “As we head into the Spring Break, we would like to express our gratitude to families across Stirling for their cooperation and understanding with the enforced changes to our learning and care provision.

“We know this remains a difficult and uncertain time for you all, including our young people who have been undertaking key coursework via remote learning.

“Support is available for families, such as the advice line, and thanks to the incredible commitment of all our staff we will be able to continue a number of critical services during the holidays.”

For all children and education updates, please follow the dedicated webpage on the Stirling Council website.

The Council has also published a statement in response to SQA arrangements.