Informal childcare and Covid-19 restrictions

I am pleased to say the Government have now listened to the concerns we put to them about the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on childcare arrangements.

In Parliament, the Health Secretary has just announced what we have been asking for – a new exemption to the local rules for childcare arrangements for under 14s and caring for vulnerable adults.

This rule does not cover play dates or parties but does cover childcare arrangements so that parents are able to go to work.

Since the new rules were announced last week, I have been inundated with correspondence from anxious parents and other family members concerned about how they will manage.

Thank you to those who have shared their views and helped build the case that we have put to Government. This is a sensible and proportionate decision which will help families to manage while also protecting public safety.

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