The Government is restarting childcare for workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, which was available during last year’s Alert Level 4 period.
Workers who have children aged up to 13 years old can access free care, so they are able to continue to provide the services we need at Alert Level 4.
We do not know for how long we will be in Alert Level 4. Alert Level 4 workers need to be able to plan and putting this service in place from tomorrow will give them some valuable peace of mind.
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.
It is also only for those Alert Level 4 workers who do not have childcare in place — parents are expected to use their own private arrangements where possible.
A list of 32 providers, with national coverage, will from today be available for parents to contact.
These providers may offer options for childcare under the scheme either in the child’s home, or in the carer’s home.
These 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 1 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.