Health Minister Robin Swann and Education Minister Peter Weir have provided more detail of the arrangements to provide childcare for vulnerable children and the children of key workers across Northern Ireland during the ongoing health crisis.
Ministers have emphasised that where it is possible, children should be cared for in their own homes.
Schools, pre-school education settings, registered daycare facilities and childminders should only be providing care for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.
The package of measures which is being developed includes:
A summary of the new measures can be accessed here: www.employersforchildcare.org/news-item/health-and-education-ministers-provide-update-on-childcare-provision-during-covid-19-pandemic/
Further information, including definitions, advice for parents and guidance for childcare providers can be accessed here: www.familysupportni.gov.uk/Support/91/covid19-childcare-options-and-associated-guidance
The full announcement from Minister Swann and Minister Weir is available can by accessed here – official statement.