Anger of parents over ban on families going into each other’s homes

“The rules also don’t seem logical – why can’t a grandparent visit your home but a paid nanny can for example?

Parents have reacted with fury to news that family members cannot come into their homes to help with childcare – but paid workers can.

On Thursday night, the government announced strict new rules banning people from going into each other’s homes.

Unless they are in a bubble together, it means families cannot look after children inside each other’s homes.

Instead, new rules published on Friday state that two households, or up to six people from multiple households, can provide childcare ‘in outdoor public places such as parks’.

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Parents can also continue to use ‘registered child care provision’, meaning child minders can still look after children in their own homes.

To the ire of many parents, the rules also state that nannies can still work in homes, as can cleaners and repair workers.

Hundreds of readers have shared their thoughts on the decision on the Manchester Evening News Facebook page.

Kate-louise Power wrote: “So again as long as you’re paying for a service it’s fine, utter rubbish how are parents meant to work if they cannot use grandparents for childcare, not everyone can afford nurseries and child minders and rely on their parents.

“I certainly won’t be abiding by it, in Wigan our numbers are really low compared to the other areas and how come places like Liverpool and London haven’t been included when they have higher numbers.

Christina Board posted: “It’s absolutely shocking to say this and spring this on us. My husband has had to use all his annual leave taking odd days off over the summer hols to cover the days I’m in work as we have no childcare. We just about made it stretch but now the kids don’t go back till a week later than planned and we planned they go to grandparents.

“I’m sorry but we cant do anything other than send them as planned!!! We are both key workers and can’t just drop work when the government say we should!!”

Jean Wesolowski wrote: “Pathetic sick of it all how can parents afford a nanny or other means of child care when they’ve had wages cut , Boris think what you’re saying.”

Samantha Nuttall said: “There are not enough childminder places for us to even all suddenly use childminders who are really tightly regulated and cannot just suddenly take on loads of kids.”

Abbie Everitt-Chambers commented: “Oh I’ll just suddenly tell my job I can’t work some of my shifts because suddenly my daughter can’t go to her grandparents while we work, and I’ll tell Halifax I can’t pay my mortgage either cause I’m not earning enough because of childcare issues, alright then.”

Joanne Alarcon wrote: “I fail to see the difference of letting my mother in law or a friend babysit my children if I have to go out or getting a nanny to come and look after my kids. There is no difference at all. While he is trying to enforce a lockdown and still trying to keep people in employment the rules literally make no sense this time around he is contradicting himself

Kirstie Jade posted: “Interesting how people who the government make money off through tax are allowed to look after your children however free childcare is not permissible. Absolute bull. I’ve been quite supportive of all the government rules until this last minute stunt last night but I think a lot of people (myself included) will be taking all these new rules with a pinch of salt due to the way they were presented and enforced on us with such ridiculous notice and wooly presentation.”

Bethan Dorsett said: “The way these measures were announced with no warning shows a lack of respect for the northern electorate, including working parents. Many parents rely on help from families and friends who are not in single households.

“To suddenly take this away can cause real issues – especially when over a day later the advice isn’t even that clear.

“The rules also don’t seem logical – why can’t a grandparent visit your home but a paid nanny can for example?

“Why is it ok for your child to be mingling with more people at a nursery than at home with people who have had very limited contact with others?”

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