Half-term is fast-approaching, and with news that London, Essex, York, Chesterfield and parts of Surrey, Derbyshire and Cumbria are to join
As Half Term Looms, Here’s What Parents Are Worrying About
If you’re not sure exactly how it works, here’s how the rules are laid out, according to the three-tier system. You can check the government online postcode checker on its website to see how the restrictions affect you.
Tier 1: Medium
Registered childcare settings and schools are exempt from the ‘rule of six‘. This includes supervised activities for children – such as wraparound care, youth groups and activities and playgroups. You can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders, after-school clubs and nannies.
Family and friends can continue to provide informal childcare as long as groups from different households don’t exceed six people. You should, wherever possible, keep your distance from people you do not live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them).
Tier 2: High
Registered childcare settings and schools are still exempt from the ‘rule of six‘. This also includes supervised activities for children – such as wraparound care, youth groups and activities and playgroups. You can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders, after-school clubs and nannies.
The following people are allowed to provide childcare support in private homes and gardens:
registered childcare providers, including nannies
people in your support bubble
people in your childcare bubble
Friends or family who do not live with you and are not part of a support or childcare bubble must not visit your home to help with childcare. Childcare bubbles are to be used to provide childcare only, and not for the purposes of different households mixing where they are otherwise not allowed to do so.
Tier 3: Very high
The rules are the same for tier 3 as they are for tier 2 at the moment, and are separate to local Covid alert levels. However, the government says decisions on any restrictions necessary in education or childcare settings are taken separately “on a case-by-case basis, in the light of local circumstances, including information about the incidence and transmission of Covid-19”.