New national restrictions from 5 November

New national restrictions from 5 November

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

Section 8: Childcare and children’s activities

Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care.

Early years settings can remain open. Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with another household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under. As above, some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble, which allows single adult households to join another household.

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.


It is business as usual during this lockdown period for childcare providers. Any parent wanting a childcare place should be given one if their needs can be accommodated. Providers are not expected to determine whether a parent is working or requiring respite before offering a place.

We are currently seeking further advice regarding privately purchased Covid tests and whether providers can accept the results of these along with those of NHS tests. Further information will follow shortly.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended for the full duration of the national lockdown with furloughed staff to be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month.

During the lockdown period, where early years settings are unable to deliver early years foundation stage (EYFS) requirements in full due to national lockdown restrictions, settings can disapply some of the requirements of the EYFS statutory framework as per the Department for Education’s (DfE) guidance.