Following the government announcement on 4th January 2021 all childcare settings have been allowed to remain open during lockdown. You can read more about the rationale behind this in this statement tiney has received from the Department of Education.
Schools have been closed to everyone except key workers and vulnerable children.
Tiney childminders are able to work as normal with all their existing early years children and families, and are able to take on new families at this time if they wish to.
School age children may only attend a tiney home if they are the child of a key worker or considered to be vulnerable. Tiney home leaders are able to make their own decisions about the children they take on.
The current guidelines for early years state:
There are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare:
- Early Years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open;
- Vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)
- Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14. This is mainly to enable parents to work, and must not be used to enable social contact between adults;
- Some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble
- Nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home.
You can read in full here
Tiney fully supports our community members to make their own decisions about their businesses during this very difficult time and we have sent out more detailed guidance directly to all members of our community.
If you have a question for the team please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0203 886 0966.