Reopening information for childcare providers

Practical considerations for reopening and operating from
1 June 2020

Symptoms and illness

It is important to minimise the risk of infection as you start to open and take steps to help keep your setting as safe as possible. You should:

  • make sure you know the coronavirus symptoms
  • consider what to do if a child or member of staff develops symptoms on arrival at the setting
  • consider what to do if a child or member of staff develops symptoms while at the setting
  • consider what to do if you or a member of your household develop suspected symptoms
  • take steps to manage anxiety surrounding symptoms and illnesses.


Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, hygiene has been at the top of the list of measures to prevent the spread of infection. You should:

  • ensure thorough and regular handwashing
  • support children to develop and maintain good hygiene habits
  • implement a detailed new cleaning routine at your setting
  • consider how you will limit the use of resources
  • make a detailed list of equipment to purchase before you re-open.

Drop offs and pick ups

Children arriving and leaving presents an increased for the virus to potentially come into your setting. You should:

  • remind families that only symptom-free parents/carers can drop off or pick up
  • practice social distancing with parents
  • consider staggered drop offs
  • consider how families arrive at your setting
  • keep an eye out for symptoms in children and staff
  • make sure hygiene starts at the doorstep.

Social distancing 

This is probably one of the more difficult measures to implement, but practitioners need to think about simple and practical measures they can implement into their setting to support social distancing. You should:

  • judge when social distancing is appropriate
  • keep small groups separate
  • explain social distancing through games and activities
  • temper social distancing with a responsive approach
  • maintain social distancing for staff.