This factsheet outlines best practice regarding temporary or emergency closure for
all childcare and play providers, including group settings or childminders.
It is important for settings to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances and
the possibility that they may need to close their setting on a temporary basis or
evacuate due to an emergency that is beyond their control.
Developing a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) may help you think about, and plan
for the actions required, during or immediately following an emergency or incident
that threatens your normal business and bring all the information together in one
place. If, for example, a flood, fire or other damage to your setting means that
you can’t operate as normal, there are things you would need to do. From calling
all staff and parents/carers to let them know what’s happened, to being able to
make arrangements with insurers and regulators to get your business back up and
Having a BCP in place for both temporary and emergency closures ensures that
everyone can work together efficiently. This helps to ensure the safety of children,
their families, staff, volunteers and visitors, as well as support re-opening and the
ongoing sustainability of the setting and well-being of all those involved.
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