COVID-19 Childcare Options and Associated Guidance

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Corona Virus
Advice for Childcare Providers

Find the latest guidance for Childcare Providers, Key Workers and Vulnerable Children. See Latest Department of Education Updates at bottom of Page

Provision of Childcare during the COVID19 Pandemic

During the pandemic childcare is only being provided for the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children.

Definition of keyworkers and vulnerable children.

Keyworker Staff Looking For Childcare :

COVID-19 Advice for Parents

Guide how to find childcare on Family Support NI

Information For Childcare Providers during Covid 19

Frequently Asked Questions Relating To Childcare 18 May 2020

Infection Prevention and Control

Financial Assistance to Childcare Providers

Guidance For Childminders

COVID 19 Advice for Day Care Providers

Bespoke AHC Scheme for Covid 19

 11.05.20 COVID-19 Childcare Support Scheme

Applications are currently being issued to

(i) Day-care and School Age Childcare Providers, and to

(ii) Childminders

that are currently caring for children of keyworkers and vulnerable children on the DoH List for the purposes of childcare to apply for financial assistance.

This is an invitation to apply process based on the information held by your HSC Trust Early Years Team about your current status.

If you think that you are eligible to apply and have not received an invitation within the next 4 working days please contact your Trust Early Years Team.

Those who have provided email addresses will receive the invitation more quickly.

The following organisations are providing information and support to the sector to complete applications to the schemes :-

Daycare -  Early Years Organisation

Childminders -   NICMA

School Age Childcare -  Playboard

Approved Home Childcare and Financial support  -  Employers for Childcare 

Latest Department of Education updates in relation to COVID-19

Schools open for supervised learning of vulnerable children and children of Key Workers can be located on the Interactive Map

Ministerial Statement by Peter Weir MLA 21 May 2020

Please note that that the guidance on this website will be updated regularly to reflect the changing situation.

Related Documents

Letter from Marc Bailie to Childcare Providers Re: Financial Support 1st May 2020

Joint Ministerial Announcement 09 April 2020

COVID 19 Advice For Parents V2 14-5-20

Bespoke AHC Scheme for Covid 19

Guidance For Childminders V 3 14-05-20

COVID-19 Advice for Daycare Providers

Financial Assistance to Childcare Providers

Family Benefits Advice Leaflet

Advice Links for Employers

COVID 19 Advice For Small Businesses

COVID 19 Public Health Guidance

Handwash 1

Handwash 2

Frequently Asked Questions V3 18-5-20

Information For Key Worker Staff looking for Childcare

Key Workers V2 14.05.20

Last Updated: 22/05/2020