Childcare at Alert Level 1
At Alert Level 1, shared parenting arrangements can continue as normal.
You can also use childcare services, get a babysitter or nanny to come into your home, or take your tamariki (children) to a friend or family member's home so they can be looked after.
If anyone is unwell, including you, your child or the babysitter, they should stay home and call their GP or Healthline for advice.
Childcare at Alert Level 2
At Alert Level 2, shared parenting arrangements can continue.
You can also use continue to use home-based childcare services such as babysitters or nannies and provide informal childcare, for example looking after a grandchild.
Friends and whānau do not need to physically distance at home, and you can connect with people outside of your household.
Schools, kura and early learning services are open.
Travelling for parenting purposes
If you and your child's other parent live in separate homes but take turns to look after your children (tamariki), you can continue to do this. Your tamariki (children) can travel to other regions so they can move between their parents' or caregiver's homes.
If you or your child are unwell or have been asked to self-isolate, please stay home.
Legal advice and Family Court
Lawyers can continue to provide legal advice during Alert Level 2.
Legal aid services will still be available. You can find a list of legal aid lawyers on the Ministry of Justice website.
If you're on a benefit or have a low income, you may be eligible for help from a Community Law Centre. Community law centres are free, and there are clinics all around the country.
If you have a dispute on shared parenting, the Family Court may be able to help you.
If you were doing Family Dispute Resolution check with your provider. These services will be available under Alert Level 2 but the way they are delivered may change, including doing some of the programme by phone or online.
You can call 0800 268 787 if you need other information about Family Court.
Childcare at Alert Level 3
At Alert Level 3, tamariki (children) can travel between their parents' or caregiver's home under a shared custody arrangement.
Only travel if you need to. We recommend keeping a copy of your court order or parenting arrangement with you to help explain your travel.
Use private vehicles where possible. You can use public transport if there is no other option.
If the child's other parent or guardian lives in a different region, you cannot travel if the region is at a different alert level.
If your tamariki (children) cannot have face to face contact with their other parent, try and maintain regular contact virtually, for example WhatsApp or FaceTime.
Do not travel if you or your child are unwell.