Childcare and COVID-19

Introduction

Keeping childcare and childminding services open during COVID-19 is a Government priority in line with public health advice.

Physical distancing measures such as play pods and mask wearing will no longer be required in childcare settings. However, infection prevention measures will continue, including hygiene measures and advice to stay at home if symptomatic.

Your child should not attend crèche if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. They should stay home for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have gone. Not everyone is required to do an antigen test. You can find out more about the testing requirement for COVID-19.

If your child has a confirmed COVID-19 infection, they should isolate at home for 7 days. They may also have to wear a mask:

  • Children aged 9 to 12 years should wear a well-fitted mask for 10 days
  • Children aged 13 years and older should wear a medical grade or FFP2 mask for 10 days

The National Childcare Scheme can help you with the cost of childcare.

Further information

Read HSE guidance on protecting your child from COVID-19.

If you are having difficulty with your childcare provider or finding a childcare place you can contact the local County Childcare Committee.

Page edited: 30 June 2022