Childminders to partially open from 13 May onwards
By Rachel Lawler
The Department for Education has confirmed that, in a last-minute change of guidance, childminders will be allowed to open to children from a single household as of Wednesday 13 May.
Childminders will be able to care for multiple children from a single household, if they aren't already providing care for key worker children or vulnerable families.
Childminders will then be able to reopen to all children from 1 June onwards, subject to scientific advice at the time, alongside other early year providers.
This update also applies to nannies working with children from a single household.
The government guidance is expected to be updated shortly to reflect this change.
The DfE said: "The government has amended its guidance to clarify that paid childcare can be provided to the children of one household in any circumstance. This would include nannies, for example, and childminders may also choose to provide childcare on this basis if not already providing care for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. This should enable more working parents to return to work. It is already the case that registered childminders and nurseries can look after key worker and vulnerable children.”
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, commented: "This is already an incredibly difficult and stressful time for early years providers, and they have frankly had enough of last-minute, contradictory guidance from the government.