FEWER than 100 children attended Ceredigion’s centres set up to support key workers following the closure of schools across the county.

On Monday (March 23), the first full day of school closures, only 67 pupils attend one of five centres in four locations including Cardigan, set up by Ceredigion County Council to support frontline key workers with childcare if absolutely necessary.

There around 11,505 pupils usually attending the county’s 46 primary and secondary schools – under one per cent attended the service which is provided seven days a week.

A spokesman for Ceredigion County Council said: “The majority of parents sought alternative childcare arrangements, in line with Welsh Government guidance that children should stay at home.

“In total, 67 pupils attended the five childcare centres on Monday, March 23.”

There are four locations across Ceredigion providing childcare provision - Cardigan Integrated Children’s Centre (Campws Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi), Aberaeron Primary School, Dyffryn Cledlyn School and Yr Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth.

On Saturday and Sunday, the only locations open will be in Aberaeron and Aberystwyth.

Frontline services are health service workers, police, fire service, social services or care services.

For more information and to register visit ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/childcare-for-key-workers/