School hubs set up in Richmondshire to care for key worker children

Richmond Methodist Primary School.

Hubs have been set up in Richmondshire to make sure critical workers have childcare throughout bank holidays, weekends and other times.

North Yorkshire County Council has worked with schools and settings to set up small hubs which will care for pre-school and school-aged children of key workers from Good Friday.

They will operate from 7.45am to 5.45pm and will continue to operate as long as they are needed throughout the pandemic.

The majority of schools in North Yorkshire are already remaining open over the Easter holidays for children of keyworkers, but the hubs will fill in gaps in childcare in the county.

The early years’ hubs for children 0 to 4 will begin from Good Friday and will operate seven days a week.

There will be a maximum of ten places available for pre-school children in each hub and there will be qualified early years professionals on site.

The Richmondshire hubs are:

  • Richmond Methodist Primary School (children attending school aged 4 to 12)
  • Risedale Community College, Catterick (all children aged 0 to 12)

The school hubs will run on weekends and bank holidays only, as there is expected to be sufficient cover provided by North Yorkshire schools being open during the working week.

The hubs will open on Friday for the Easter weekend and there will be a maximum of 20 places available for the 4 to 12 age range. They will be staffed by people from the existing school workforce.

Parents and carers are asked to transport their children to and from the hubs and to provide them with packed lunches.

The county council’s corporate director of Children and Young People’s Service, Stuart Carlton, said: “It has been a huge task to organise hubs across the county at such short notice and we would like to thank our partners in schools and the wider schools community for their work. Together we have worked to make sure the hubs will provide safe, welcoming environments for children.

“We are hugely grateful for the hard work, dedication and flexibility of all the school staff involved in making sure this happens and would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to them.”

To book a place for a child in one of the hubs visit