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