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Lockdown rules for children who live between two households

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Under the National Lockdown Guidance for England, people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles. Always think about your family circumstances and impact of social distancing for vulnerable or shielding members of households you may interact with.

If you live in a household with anyone aged under 14, you can form a childcare bubble. This allows friends or family from one other household to provide informal childcare. You can exercise in a public outdoor place in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
You must not meet socially with your childcare bubble, and must avoid seeing members of your childcare and support bubbles at the same time. See the Government website for separate guidance for support bubbles and childcare bubbles.
There are circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household, childcare or support bubbles in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes. A full list of these circumstances will be included in the Governments regulations for the lockdown starting in January 2021 and includes:
  • In a childcare bubble (for the purposes of childcare only)
  • For arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians
  • To allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care
  • For prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who mat be placed with them
  • To place or facilitate the placing of a child or children in the care of another by social services
  • For birth partners

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