A NURSE is outraged over “inappropriate” school provision which is preventing her from going to work.

Michelle Hill, 40, is a clinical nurse manager who deals with some of the most vulnerable elderly members of the community.

Her child, Ethan,8, attends Northleigh CE Primary School in Malvern.

Michelle said: “Ethan is only allocated one school day per week, even when I am a full-time clinical nurse and single parent - I think it's because my job involves some clerical work as well.

“ I am an essential front line nurse who needs to be working especially at this difficult time.

“I could get signed off and stay at home on full pay but I don’t want to do that - I’m trained to help people.”

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, chairman of the governing body at Northleigh CE Primary School said: “The current situation is unprecedented, and a very stressful and frustrating time for everyone involved in education both here at Northleigh CE Primary School and at schools across the country.

"We can confirm that we have followed the procedures set out by the critical worker/vulnerable childcare provision recently announced by central Government for all children of critical workers here at Northleigh Primary.

"We've been in contact with Miss Hill regarding her concerns, and we've managed to come to a agreement that fulfils Miss Hill’s childcare requests.”

The school added that Miss Hill was offered two and a half days of childcare this week and four days next week, however, she has chosen not to take up the hours offered.

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West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin said: “While schools have closed, the guidance from the Department of Education is clear that if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.”

Malvern Hills district councillor Samantha Charles said: “As a single parent with a young child who she cannot leave at home, Michelle needs and is entitled to the support of his school as a key worker."

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