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 during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Each area of Scotland has been assigned to a COVID protection level. Find out what you can and cannot do based on the local area that you live, work or travel in.

The guidance includes:

  • the strategic framework and the approach that should be taken by the sector at each level
  • new guidance on face coverings which should now be worn by all adults when physical distancing is not possible, but not when interacting with children
  • specific guidance on singing
  • the approaches to shielding, support for specific groups, test and protect and outbreak management which have been updated to align with most up to date public health advice and approaches across education
  • new guidance on international travel and quarantine
  • confirms the position with regards to meetings between different childminding settings under the social meeting guidance
  • details the types of PPE required in different circumstances that may arise
  • what to do when a child, childminder or assistant becomes ill
  • 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.

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

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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