Reopening childcare safely
Nurseries and other early learning and childcare (ELC) providers have received new guidance to help them plan for reopening when it is safe to do so.
Although some settings are providing critical childcare to vulnerable children and children of key workers, most will remain closed until later in the summer.
The new guidance sets out the core public health measures that will need to be taken to allow safe reopening, including:
• enhanced hand hygiene and cleaning practice
• caring for children in small groups and minimising contact between those groups
• maximising the use of outdoor space
• physical distancing between adults and older children at drop-off and pickup times.
The guidance was developed in partnership with Health Protection Scotland, local authorities, representatives of private and third-sector childcare providers, trade unions and the Care Inspectorate.