THOUSANDS of grandparents across the country are once again being separated from their grandkids, with households barred from mixing and socialising scrapped.
But there are still some circumstances under the latest Covid laws where parents can look after their children's little ones- here's what you need to know.
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Can grandparents look after children?
If a grandparent already lives with their grandchild, they can continue looking after them as normal.
Where this is not the case, the following situations apply:
Under the latest lockdown rules, grandparents can form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14.
This is mainly to enable parents to work, but means grandparents could see their grandkids if they are chosen as an form of extra support.
Grandparents in this position must not, however, meet socially with their childcare bubble.
They must also avoid seeing members of their childcare bubble and a support bubble (if they have one) at the same time.
If a grandparent does not live with their grandchildren, they may be able to form a household bubble with them, allowing them to mix inside either of their homes and look after their little ones.
They can only do this if they live alone; if one of the grandchildren they want to bubble up with was under the age of one on December 2 2020; or if a child in their bubble has a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5.
They can also bubble up with a grandchild who is aged 16 or 17 living without any adults, or help a single adult living with children under the age of 18.
In the instance where a grandparent is clinically extremely vulnerable, they should stay at home as much as possible, avoiding childcare.
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