Childminders in England can reopen from Wednesday if they are caring for children from the same household, the government announced late on Tuesday.
The move follows confusion about when childminders could reopen.
“Childminders have been told three different things about plans to reopen in a matter of days,” said Neil Leitch of the Early Years Alliance (EYA).
The EYA said it received news of the change to government guidance in an email just after 18:30 BST on Tuesday.
The Department for Education says the updated guidance will allow childminders to look after children from one household from Wednesday and, depending on infection rates, to open to more children from 1 June.
During lockdown, registered childminders across the UK have either been closed or providing care for vulnerable children or children of key workers and this remains the…
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