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It has been announced that childminders can reopen to children who are not vulnerable or whose parents are not key workers from 13th May after confusion over different government advice.
The Government has changed the guidance on whether childminders can reopen to children who are not vulnerable or whose parents are not key workers three times in the space of a few days.
Initially, the Government indicated in its 50-page document on Monday that paid childcare such as nannies and childminders could reopen to other families as of 13th May. However, more detailed guidance from the Department for Education suggested they could reopen on the week of 1st June in line with other childcare providers.
The Department for Education announced today that childminders can open to children from a single household from 13th May if they are not already caring for key worker children or vulnerable children. There is no limit to the number or age of the children that childminders can reopen for, but they must live in the same household. They can then start to welcome other children back from the week of 1st June, subject to safety measures being adhered to.