Support and childcare bubbles in Tier 4

Published: 22 December 2020

Coronavirus updates

 

Support and childcare bubbles in Tier 4

Following the move into the new Tier 4 level coronavirus alert which means everyone must stay at home as much as possible, we’ve had some questions asking if support bubbles and childcare bubbles are still allowed.

The information below is from the Government website but should hopefully explain that support bubbles and childcare bubbles are fine to continue.

Support bubbles

A support bubble is a support network which links two households. Once you’re in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in one ‘household’. It means you can have close contact with the other household in your bubble as if they were members of your own household. This means you do not need to maintain social distance with people in your support bubble.

You can form a support bubble with another household if:

  • you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support
  • you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability
  • your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020
  • your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5, or was under that age on 2 December 2020
  • you are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults
  • you are a single adult living with one or more children who are under the age of 18 or were under that age on 12 June 2020

You are permitted to leave your home to visit your support bubble (and to stay overnight with them). It is best if this is with a household who live locally. This will help prevent the virus spreading from an area where more people are infected.

You can read more about support bubbles on the Government website.

Childcare bubbles

A childcare bubble is where one household links with one other household to provide informal childcare to anyone under 14. All adults in both households must agree to this arrangement. ‘Informal’ childcare means it is unpaid and unregistered.

Members of either household can provide childcare in a home or public place. This includes overnight care.

You can only have one childcare bubble with one other household. This means no household should be part of more than one childcare bubble.

If you form a childcare bubble, it’s best if this is with a household who live locally. This will help prevent the virus spreading from an area where more people are infected.

A childcare bubble is different to a support bubble and a Christmas bubble. Being in a childcare bubble does not stop you from forming a support bubble or a Christmas bubble.

You can read more about childcare bubbles on the Government website.

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