Supporting staff with childcare responsibilities

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

As of the current government guidance we understand that all childcare and education sectors are open as of the 8 March 2021. The following section and guidance we have produced may be out of date, however, we understand that schools and education systems are still being affected by COVID-19 outbreaks in which cases the following guidance will be applicable for your NHS staff. 

Please follow our guidance to support your staff in cases where their children have been sent home to isolate. 

COVID-19 has demonstrated the challenges parents and carers can face when their usual childcare arrangements reduce or cease. Research by Working Families shows that one in seven workers across the UK made changes to their work pattern to balance work, childcare, and home-schooling requirements during the pandemic. 

Your staff and their children may be experiencing stress and anxiety, both financially and logistically, as they try to source alternative childcare, which may be unfamiliar and more expensive. The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed a number of changes to how schools, childcare and other educational settings are expected to operate during the pandemic, as well as providing information on out of hours childcare provision and guidance on the full return of all children to schools, colleges and nurseries.

It's important for employers to understand the key implications of educational and childcare unavailability on NHS staff and support them as they balance their childcare responsibilities during this time.

Our pages below help explain the current arrangements, and answer key questions shared with us by employers.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Childcare through the holidays

Read about the government guidance on childcare and how you can support your staff through the holidays.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Providing flexibility as an employer

Read how employers can offer support to their staff around childcare at a highly challenging and stressful time.


FAQs on supporting staff with childcare responsibilities

Find out answers to key questions we've received about childcare from the HR community.

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