Urgent – childcare hubs for emergency and social care staff

Dear parent,

as a local authority we are prioritising childcare places for emergency blue light service, NHS and social care staff. We have already sent out the childcare application form to email addresses of parents we were made aware of through schools, for completion and urgent return by email. If you believe you (and your partner) are eligible and need this childcare provision next week for school age children and have NOT already received an email with the form please follow this website link:


You need to submit the form by Saturday 5pm if you need urgent childcare next week.

Collection of Free School Meals

For those eligible for FREE School meals – CCBC will be distributing packed lunches to St James site daily from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March between 11:00 – 12:00. They will have a register on site so there is no need to bring proof of receipt.


Class communication throughout the school closure.

All classes have set up a communication hub using either Purple Mash or Teams on HWB website.

Rainbow and Bronze Classes will be communicating through ‘2Blog’ on Purple Mash. To access this page log onto the Purple Mash website using your child’s login.  Click the ‘Sharing’ tab at the top of the main page and then ‘Shared Blogs’ to read and contribute to the different blogs.

Silver and Gold Classes will be communicating through ‘Teams’ on the Hwb website. To access this page first log onto the Hwb website with your child’s login. Click on the menu button then Microscoft Office 365. If you click the blue ‘Team’ button here, you can access our class blog where you are able to share photographs, work or any questions you may have. There will also be assignments set which may include PowerPoints etc. for your child to complete.  When downloading any documents from Microsoft ‘Teams’, click on the three dots in the top right hand corner of the screen and it will give you the correct option.

Free School Meals

The Authority is looking to continue to provide a free school meal to all eligible pupils whilst the schools are closed to pupils.  If your child is eligible and you wish to continue to receive this service please can you contact the following email address bridgesintowork@caerphilly.gov.uk

 We will then contact you to obtain further information in order that we will be able to coordinate appropriate ways of delivery and any special dietary requirements.

 It is anticipated that the meals will be in frozen batches of 5 per pupil and will be prepared and consumed at the home address.

 If you require any further information please telephone 01495 237921

CCBC Request

In order for Caerphilly County Borough Council to start planning and supporting parents who work in the Emergency Services, NHS and Social Care settings, they need to identify who these parents are.

Please could you contact the school ASAP if you work in these settings so we can identify the parents who are in need of this childcare offer.  At this moment in time this needs to be key staff who work in the Emergency Services, NHS and Social Care settings only.