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Childcare arrangements

During the period of national lockdown, schools, alternative provision, special schools, and colleges will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only.

All early years providers (including registered childminders but not including reception years in primary schools) can remain open during this period of national lockdown.

Note: childminders cannot currently offer places to reception aged children (unless they are vulnerable or their parents are critical workers and they already attend school, so in essence it would be as part of wrap around care).

Please contact early years providers directly to make further enquiries, as the offer may vary between different providers.

In light of the Government’s latest guidance see information below:

Eligibility for 30 hours and Tax Free Childcare 

The government has announced that any working parent usually eligible for 30 hours childcare or Tax-Free Childcare will remain eligible if they fall below the minimum income requirement due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Subject to Parliamentary approval, parents who are critical workers will also remain eligible for these entitlements if their income has increased over the maximum threshold during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  This temporary flexibility will ensure critical workers can continue to access the childcare they need to enable them to work. 

Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions regarding your child’s placement.

Westminster Family Information Service: 07971 625922 or 07814 804262



Last Updated 07/01/2021

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