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As we enter 2021, sadly we enter lockdown number 3. We see lifestyle changes and tighter restrictions all over again.

Guidance published on 4 January 2021 confirms that once again the government recognises the importance of children from separated parents being able to spend time with both of their parents. Children are permitted to leave one household to spend time with their other parent in another household, if it is medically safe to do so.

If you live in a household with anyone under the age of 14, you can form a childcare bubble. This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare.

A childcare bubble is where one household links with one other household to provide informal (ie unpaid and unregistered) childcare to anyone under 14. All adults in both households must agree to the arrangement.The childcare is permitted to be at home or in a public space and includes overnight care. A childcare bubble is not to be confused with a support bubble which is designed for use by a person who is the only adult in the household.

You can only have one childcare bubble with one other household. This means that no household should be part of more than one childcare bubble. You cannot use a childcare bubble for any other reason, other than to provide childcare.

If you form a childcare bubble it is better to do so with someone who lives locally. This should help to prevent the virus spreading from an area where more people are affected.

For more information please call our Family team on 08000 147720 or send us an email to book a free information session via telephone.