Dear Parents and Carers

The government are making regular announcements regarding the on-going actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mondays’s announcement shared information on the restrictions regarding movements between households and childcare.

Some Key Points to note regarding Monday’s announcement:

  • Informal carers will be able to provide care for children and vulnerable adults in Lancashire even though we have restrictions on inter-household mixing
  • Children under 14 will be able to be cared for by individuals outside of their immediate household as part of a care bubble
  • These arrangements must be part of a consistent childcare relationship

 

Inter-household mixing outside of these arrangements is currently banned

This means from Tuesday 22 September, care bubbles will be able to form, in Lancashire, to allow families to share caring responsibilities with another household.

Mondays’s announcement recognises that the current restriction of inter-household mixing in areas of local intervention could cause hardship for families, and may affect the ability of essential workers, such as NHS front line staff, to do their job.

The introduction of care bubbles will allow informal childcare arrangements to continue with another household, as long as they are consistent.

One-off arrangements, such as a play date is not to be included. These are banned and could cause the spread of the disease into your family and school

Please see the link below to the guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/childcare-to-be-exempt-from-interhousehold-mixing-restrictions-in-local-areas-of-intervention

Thank you for continuing to support school and keeping the wider community safe.