Current Babysits policy regarding Coronavirus
February 23rd, 2021 - Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, many parents are struggling with childcare. It is not only parents who work as essential service providers who are in need of a babysitter for their children. Parents who work from home and single parents may also find themselves struggling to find a babysitter. This is why we want to give our community the best support possible.
Taking into account the guidelines from GOV.ie and the HSE, we are trying to give our community the best possible advice. At the moment for parents and babysitters who can no longer physically babysit/hire a babysitter to work due to the corona crisis, we have started two new features, namely remote babysitting and online homework assistance. You are also now able to search for volunteer babysitters - babysitters who are willing to offer volunteer babysitting services during this period. For any questions you can contact our customer service.
For the latest updates from the Irish Government visit this page: https://www.gov.ie/en/news/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-coronavirus/
Ireland has created A Framework for Restrictive Measures in order to help the population go about their daily lives as much as possible, while also managing the behaviour of the virus. The framework consists of five levels, with all counties in Ireland currently at Level 5 .
There are some specific things to keep in mind with regards to education and childcare:
- Social visits in homes and gardens are not currently allowed, unless it is part of a support bubble. You can form a support bubble if you are living alone with children under 18 years or if you share parenting arrangements (for more details click here).
- Schools are currently closed with remote learning in place. The Early Childhood Care and Education programme will not resume until 5th March.
- Childcare services are only open for vulnerable children and children of essential workers. Essential workers who are eligible to access childcare services include those who are working from home. Other existing childcare arrangements can only continue for vulnerable children and children of essential workers.
- You are only permitted to travel further than 5km from your home for essential reasons, which includes childcare.
Do you want to know more about babysitting safely in times of social distancing or other things related to the corona virus? Find out more by checking out our articles below: