The latest advice relating to childcare and coronavirus
The safety of childcarers and families is of utmost importance in these uncertain times. We are reviewing government guidance as it changes and have summarised the latest advice for working safely at this time, when for some families finding a trusted childcare solution is more important than ever.
The National Lockdown restrictions, updated on 5th January, 2021 are published here. Government guidance, updated 5th January, 2021 confirms that childcare to allow a family to work is still permitted. Childcarers can continue to attend a family’s home as long as neither household has someone with symptoms of COVID-19. The government advice states:
“There are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare:
- Early years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open
- Vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)
- Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14. This is mainly to enable parents to work, and must not be used to enable social contact between adults
- Some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble
- Nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home.”
Guidance on keeping safe while working in other people’s homes is available here. We recommend everyone reads this to ensure we all do what we can to minimise risk and take the appropriate steps before, during and after a childcare booking.
Here are some specific recommendations to help you keep safe at this time:
Follow government guidance if you have any symptoms
Communicate clearly and openly
Travelling to work
Guidance whilst caring for children
The latest government advice on effective infection protection and control in childcare settings is available here and is a great summary of the steps you should be taking to keep safe.