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Covid-19: the reception of children by childminders under discussion

Imbroglio in Matignon. After indicating Thursday 1er April in the early evening that the childminders could no longer welcome children for the next three weeks, the government finally said a few hours later that the issue was still being arbitrated. It should decide definitively on Friday.

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Thursday, Matignon had announced that the children could not be looked after by the childminders in order to be “In line with the crèches”, closed from April 5 for three weeks in order to fight against the circulation of the Covid-19. “The Institut Pasteur study shows that there is more contamination among childminders than in schools”, also justifies the government.

Modalities to be defined

If this option was still well considered Thursday evening, it was however not quite acted out, specified the executive. Among the modalities to be defined is the file of the children of “Priority audiences”, like caregivers, whose list is being arbitrated.

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The question of “Compensation scheme” of the employees concerned is also “Not quite decided yet”, this one not being “Not necessarily that of the partial activity”, we said. Home guards will not be “Not concerned” by restrictions, according to Matignon.

During the first confinement in March, the State had, on the contrary, relaxed the standards, allowing childminders to take in six children simultaneously instead of four and so “Gradually support the resumption of activity”.

At the same time, those who were unable to work during this period had benefited from the scheme “Exceptional indemnities” set up for employees working for private employers. 280,000 childminders in France welcome between one and four children.


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