Childcare available for workers in Alert Level 4

The Government has restarted childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, which was available during last year’s national lockdown.

Workers who have children aged up to 13-years-old can access free care if needed - so they are able to continue to provide essential services during the current lockdown.

The scheme is for the workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, and other exempted services such as fire and emergency and border workers.

Parents are asked to make their own private arrangements where possible as there is limited childcare available under this scheme.

A list of 32 providers, with national coverage, is available for parents to contact as needed.

These providers are all licensed services that usually provide home-based early childhood education – so all the safety checks have been done. Each carer will be limited to caring for children from a total of one family only.

The funding is available for childcare provision where there is no other adult in the worker’s household who can care for the child, and the carer does not normally live at the same address as the worker.

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