Going to nursery during coronavirus

When your child goes to nursery, it can be emotional for both of you. This may feel even harder during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s your decision whether you send your child to nursery or a childminder. But childcare can help give your child a routine as they develop their social skills.

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Find out about any COVID-19 rules

Each nursery and childminder will have their own risk assessment. They may be cleaning more and minimising contact where they can. Social distancing is difficult with young children. So the childcare provider may focus on having smaller groups, or ‘bubbles’.

Some nurseries may stagger or adjust start and finish times. This helps keep groups apart as they arrive and leave the nursery. You may also have to drop your child off at the gate or door, instead of taking them in. Check with your nursery for their rules.

Make things easier for your child

Your presence can often make it harder for your child to settle. If you can, hand them over and say goodbye. You can also:

  • Attend any settling-in sessions that your nursery offers.
  • Try meeting up with friends so your child gets used to seeing other children.
  • Practise your journey when other children are arriving at nursery. Your child will become more familiar with it and see happy faces.
  • Have a chat with the nursery before your child starts attending. This will help them understand a bit more about your child’s needs, likes and dislikes.
  • If your child struggles to be apart from you, read our advice on separation anxiety.


Want more support? For advice on your specific issue, speak to one of our parenting coaches.  

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