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We All must do it to get through it
We All must do it to get through it

Information for parents who need childcare to return to work. The NI Executive has announced that the Key Worker list will no longer apply from 29th June. Find out more...

NI Executive Announcement 18th June 20

The NI Executive has announced that the current Key Worker list will no longer apply from 29th June meaning ALL parents can access childcare from this date. They also announced their intention to restore the childcare sector to pre Covid19 levels as quickly and safely as possible. A Childcare Sector Recovery Plan will be published to outline this.

Who can Access Childcare before 29th June?

The Key Worker definition for accessing childcare was extended at 8th June, making childcare  accessible to many more key worker professions, making it easier for you to return to work.

Only one parent needs to be classed as a Key Worker to access childcare.   

Find the full definition of roles classed as Key Workers in the following guidance:

COVID19 Advice for Parents (Version 2 - 12th June 20)

Where can I find Childcare?

To find childcare providers that are OPEN during the pandemic, type KEY WORKER into the keyword box on our childcare search.  

You can still use our Postcode Search to find childcare providers that are close to your home or work address.

Family Support NI - COVID19 Guide to finding Childcare 

School Settings

Some school settings have remained open or worked in clusters throughout the pandemic to provide supervision of vulnerable children or key workers' children.  Find open schools here:

List of Schools open for Educational Supervision of Vulnerable Children and Key Worker Children

Financial Help for Childcare Costs

It is important to note that, depending on your circumstances, you may or may not be eligible for some form of support – however make sure you take advice, so you do not miss out on any support for which you are eligible.  See the Family Benefits Advice leaflet in the related documents below.

For additional information, contact Employers For Childcare’s Family Benefits Advice Service about any financial support you may be entitled to, call Freephone 0800 028 3008 or email

Related Documents

Family Benefits Advice Leaflet

Covid 19 Childcare Advice For Parents-V2- June 2020

Coronavirus - Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Childcare

Last Updated: 29/06/2020