The Government has announced the closure of schools and nurseries due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Some of my staff will now want to be at home to look after their children. What leave entitlements are there?

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The Government has announced the closure of schools and nurseries due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Some of my staff will now want to be at home to look after their children. What leave entitlements are there?

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Schools across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are to close on 20 March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The measures apply to state and private schools alike, nurseries and to sixth-form colleges.

After 20 March, many working parents will have little choice but to take time off work to look after their children at home. The Government advice is to not ask grandparents to help with this childcare, because of their potential vulnerability to the virus.

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