On Thursday the 5th of November new restrictions are in place:
- You must stay at home: only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work
- Work from home if you can and avoid non-essential travel
- Essential shops and schools remain open.
Things may be particularly hard for your child because of social distancing rules (check this page to find the latest guidance). If you struggle to support your child to comply with government's guidelines, Young Minds has some tips for you.
Your child is unwell. Is he/she too ill for school?
This can be tricky. If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, a minor cough or cold, just let their teacher know. They should still be able to attend school, but if they have a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to their smell or taste then keep them off school and book a Coronavirus test. This video shows you the difference between cold, flu and Coronavirus.
HERE is a list of principles to be followed when deciding if you should book a Coronavirus test for your child.
Your child is not attending school, but you need to work
You can access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to be able to work, or for the purposes of respite care.
The following people can provide childcare support in private homes and gardens:
- registered childcare providers, including nannies
- people in your support bubble
- people in your childcare bubble
A childcare bubble is where someone in one household provides informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. For any given childcare bubble, this must always be between the same 2 households.
Childcare bubbles are to be used to provide childcare only, and not for the purposes of different households mixing where they are otherwise not allowed to do so. Friends or family who do not live with you and are not part of a support or childcare bubble must not visit your home to help with childcare.
Some youth services may be able to continue, such as 1-1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period. Check this page for your closest youth centre and the activities available.