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Not sure you feel confident using childcare during COVID-19? 

We're still navigating extraordinary times and the effect that COVID-19 has had on our everyday life is massive. But as we begin to move back to work, school and "normal life", you may find that you're still feeling unsure and nervous about how and when to send your child to a childcare setting. 

For many parents, childcare is essential to enable them to work. For others, having a child in childcare means that they can focus on their studies, spend time caring for elderly relatives or other children, catch up on essential tasks, or even just take time for themselves.

If you're feeling unsure, or are concerned about sending your child back to their previous setting, talk to your childcarer and share any worries you may have. 

Childminders and nursery staff continue to provide a safe and happy environment where children can learn and develop. If your usual nursery or childminder isn’t open, your local authority can help with finding a place that is right for your child. A leaflet from the Department for Education (DfE) called Back to School Safely - Taking your child to nursery or a childminder; what parents need to know. has been published as part of the Back to School Safely campaign in England, and is available in other languages here.