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Coronavirus (COVID-19): childminder services guidance

Guidance to support childminding settings closed during lockdown, to reopen during Phase 1.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): childminder services guidance

On 29 May 2020, Scotland entered Phase 1 of the route map for recovery from COVID-19. As part of Phase 1, restrictions on childminders are changing.

From 3 June 2020, childminders can operate should they wish to. They must limit the number of households for whom they provide childcare to a maximum of 4, in addition to children of their own household, at any one time.

In allocating their spaces, continued critical childcare for keyworkers and vulnerable children must be the first priority.

Childminders must follow public health advice. A risk assessment must be carried out before reopening, giving consideration to this guidance document.

In order to reduce indirect transmission, enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures must be put in place.

Physical distancing will not be expected between children, but measures must be put into place to limit additional parents/carers entering the childminding setting and to maintain physical distancing when adults may interact, for example at pick up and drop off times, or if the childminder employs an assistant that is not a member of their household.

The restrictions on childminder capacity are expected to be lifted during Phase 3, depending on the public health advice.