Coronavirus guidance for childcare services

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What does this involve?

On 10 July Scotland entered Phase 3 of the route map for recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19). As part of Phase 3, restrictions on childminder services are gradually being relaxed.

The Scottish Government has published guidance for the childcare sector to help childminders operate safely from Phase 3 onward.

Topics include:

  • operating conditions
  • physical distancing
  • enhanced hygiene requirements
  • other safety measures
  • financial impact and workforce support

Childminders must continue to follow public health advice. A risk assessment must be carried out before reopening, giving consideration to this guidance.

Physical distancing will not be expected between children, but measures must be put into place to limit additional parents or carers entering the childminding setting and to maintain physical distancing when adults may interact.

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.

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

Public health advice may evolve over time. You should check back regularly to make sure you are working to the most recent version of this guidance.

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.

This guidance is not exhaustive and we expect childminders will continue to operate within the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure the health and wellbeing of children and parents while they are using their service, including any impact on or from members of the childminders own household. Measures put in place within the setting to comply with this guidance must not contravene health and safety legislation, for example, not leaving fire doors open to increase ventilation.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information. 

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