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What constitutes ‘suitable’ alternative arrangements?

The NSPCC advises that children under the age of 12 should not be left at home alone. Therefore, if your child is under this age, or you as their parent / carer feel they are not ready to be left alone you should make alternative arrangements.

This means, where possible:

  • If you are able to work from home you must make every effort to provide adequate care and supervision while doing so
  • You consider the risk if those in more vulnerable groups (aged 65+) or with underlying health conditions usually help. Children can carry a number of virus whilst displaying mild or no symptoms – try someone else. This means you should avoid using grandparents or other older relatives to assist with childcare
  • Ensure that at all times you are aware of where, what and with whom (peers or otherwise) your children interact