Update Childcare (COVID 19) - 16th October 2020

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• Schools close for two weeks • All childcare remains open

  • Schools close for two weeks
  • All childcare remains open

As part of the response to the current situation in relation to the increased rate of coronavirus infections the NI Assembly has agreed that all schools will close from Friday 16th of October for two weeks.

Registered childcare is not required to close during this period so many parents will be able to continue to access the essential childcare they need through day nurseries, crèches or registered childminders.

The Minister of Education extended the requested closure of schools to any pre-school, childcare or youth provider based on school premises. The decision to allow the use of school premises, where a contract exists with a third party childcare provider, ultimately rests with the governing body of the individual school.

The household restrictions introduced across Northern Ireland on 22 September 2020 remain in place, and these permit the mixing of households for the purposes of providing both formal and informal childcare.

Informal childcare is valuable, trusted care provided by grandparents and close family. It is not to be confused with unregistered childcare, which is provided by those who are not formally registered with a local HSC Trust but who charge a fee for their services.

Unregistered childcare is not permitted at any time.

If you have any queries in relation to this please contact your local HSC Trust Early Years Team.

Where parents need to access registered childcare at any time they should consult the familysupportni website for a list of all registered childcare (see link below) :-

Find Childcare on FSNI Website

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Last Updated: 28/10/2020