Lockdown 3 -what does this mean for nurseries and childcare settings?
The government has just announced, as of 4 January a third national lockdown in England, which will see colleges and schools close until the end of the February half-term, at the earliest. However, nurseries and early years providers are permitted by the government to remain open to all children. This does not follow Scotland’s approach where attendance at childcare settings is restricted to vulnerable children and children of key workers only, for the period from 26 December until 1 February.
Providers in England should note that the fact that nurseries and early years providers are permitted by the government to remain open does not necessarily mean that it is always safe to do so. Therefore, nurseries and early years providers must carry out their own updated health and safety risk assessments in light of the increased risk posed by the virus to determine whether it is safe for them to do so.
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