The Prime Minister has announced that from 4 July many lockdown measures will be eased, including the restrictions on wraparound care for school age children and holiday childcare provision.
From 4 July, subject to the scientific advice at the end of June, holiday and wraparound childcare provision will be allowed to open to all children, including provision which is not held on a school site.
The two metre social distancing rule will also be reduced to one metre plus mitigations, when two metres is not possible.
In addition, Boris Johnson confirmed that primary and secondary education will recommence in September with full attendance.
However, the Prime Minister did stress that all these new steps will be conditional and reversible, depending on local need and the spread of the virus.
Further guidance on wraparound and holiday childcare is due to be published shortly in addition to updated guidance for schools for the Autumn term.
Purmina Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), said:
“The guidance for early years acknowledges that young children cannot socially distance from each other but relaxing the 2m rule should help manage staff and their staff rooms.”
“For many childcare providers, the fact that they can offer wraparound and holiday childcare provision from 4 July is something we have been pushing for and could make the difference between these businesses remaining sustainable or having to close their doors for good.”
“NDNA has been lobbying the government for clarity on wraparound care as many nurseries have been offering this throughout lockdown for critical workers’ children. It’s also a lifeline to working parents who can go back to their usual working patterns and work through the long summer holidays.”
“Nurseries and childcare providers have been doing a tremendous amount of work to ensure staff and children are kept safe so where they can also offer additional childcare services for school age children they are well set up for this.”
Last reviewed 25 June 2020