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October 20th, 2020

Nannies exempt from Tier 2 and Tier 3 guidelines

On October 16th 2020 the Government announced a tier structure to reduce the spread of coronavirus which placed further restrictions on socialising and gathering in groups outside of your household.

These tiers excluded Nannies, childcare and other domestic employees from the restrictions. Throughout the Coronavirus epidemic the government has recognised the importance of allowing childcare givers to return to work in order to support parents throughout the pandemic.

Other childcare related activities which are exempt are after school clubs, sporting activities, playgroups and childminders.

Below is the detailed guidance from the website:


There are exceptions from legal gatherings limits for registered childcare, education or training, and supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups. This means you can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders, after-school clubs and nannies. See guidance on working safely in other people’s homes.

The following people can provide childcare support in private homes and gardens:

  • Registered childcare providers, including nannies.
  • People in your support bubble.
  • people in your childcare bubble.

A childcare bubble is where someone in one household provides informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. For any given childcare bubble, this must always be between the same 2 households.

Friends or family who do not live with you and are not part of a support or childcare bubble must not visit your home to help with childcare. Childcare bubbles are to be used to provide childcare only, and not for the purposes of different households mixing where they are otherwise not allowed to do so.

The tiers of restriction for education and childcare, summarised in annex 3 of the contain framework and in guidance on higher education, are separate to the local COVID alert level framework. Decisions on any restrictions necessary in education or childcare settings are taken separately on a case-by-case basis in the light of local circumstances, including information about the incidence and transmission of COVID-19.

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