Coronavirus guidance for childcare services

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for the childcare sector to help providers, staff and parents understand how to operate safely during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Among other topics, the guidance includes advice on:

  • performing regular risk assessments
  • staff training
  • protecting the physical and mental wellbeing of staff and children
  • routine asymptomatic testing for childminders
  • specific measures that should be taken if your area is in a particular level
  • face coverings and physical distancing
  • considerations for adults and children who are vulnerable, shielding or have other additional needs
  • health and hygiene measures, including enhanced cleaning, handwashing, PPE, ventilation and use of outdoor space
  • singing and the risk of transmission
  • travelling to and from the service premises, including international travel and quarantine
  • what to do when a child, childminder or assistant becomes ill, plus advice on Test and Protect and managing an outbreak
  • safety measures for visitors to the site
  • financial impact and workforce support
  • additional guidance and support

Specific guidance has been published for early learning and childcare (ELC) services and for school-aged childcare (for children attending school). Please make sure you refer to the appropriate guidance for your setting and for the age range of children in your care.

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This guidance is for Care Inspectorate-registered childminders.

Nannies and au pairs will also be able to provide childcare in family homes, following the changes to the restrictions on meeting indoors. They should follow the guidance on meeting indoors.

Important information

This guidance provides principles to help you make decisions based on the best available evidence to help you operate in a changed context. It will not provide the specific answer to every circumstance which may arise, but provides information to support your professional judgment.

Please also be aware that public health advice may evolve over time, and you should check the guidance page on the Scottish Government website regularly to make sure you are following the most up-to-date version.

Nothing in this guidance affects the legal obligations of childminders with regard to health and safety and public health advice. Childminders must continue to adhere to all such duties when implementing this guidance. Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, they must have regard to the advice of the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance. 

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