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Will you be called upon to help with childcare if schools shut?

Due to the nature of the Coronavirus spread and its likelihood to intensify in the next few weeks, each day we wake up to new headlines. 

Boris Johnson is set to sign off on moving the UK into the delay phase for battling coronavirus during an emergency Government meeting.

When Cobra meets on Thursday lunchtime, the Prime Minister is expected to advance preparations for combating the deadly virus by switching to tactics designed to delay its spread rather than contain the disease.

It comes after the global Covid-19 outbreak was categorised as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation and eight people in the UK were confirmed to have died after contracting the illness.

What is the “delay phase”?

The delay phase will see a mixture of the same advice given out, such as encouraging the washing of hands regularly, while also introducing social restriction measures to slow the spread of the virus.

What do they mean by social restrictions?

According to the Government’s published action plan, the restrictions being considered would have “social costs”.

These are thought to include urging employees to work from home where possible and even shutting down schools and cancelling events where masses of people will gather.

Many of our Silversurfers community members are grandparents, and regularly offer support when it comes to taking care of their grandchildren during school holidays.

How would school closures impact you? Will you be offering extra support to your family? On the basis that the over 60s with underlying health conditions are most at risk, how do you feel about this?

Will you be called upon to help with childcare if schools shut?

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Sadgrandma
3rd Jun 2020
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My husband and I have looked after our granddaughter for two days a week while her mum works, since she was nine months old , she is now 2 1\2. We are 73 and 74 with no serious health problems. She goes to nursery the rest of the week as our daughter is a key worker but she cannot afford to send her every day so is struggling to work from home which is affecting her job. Would it be wrong of us to resume childcare?
Bowieboy10
17th Sep 2020
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I help out with my grandchildren while my Son and daughter are at work due to this new lock down can I continue to do so.?
LesleyS44
7th May 2020
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My daughter is a key worker in a school. Since he lockdown she has cared for her son at home
However she will now be put on the rota to attend work in school.. she has asked me to care for my grandson once a week. We both feel it is safer for him to be with me rather than allowing him into his school where he will be in contact with numerous staff and other children .
We both feel extremely anxious about her return to work. I'm 61 years of age, my partner in 60.
Are we in the vulnerable age group and what are other peoples views on our minimising risks by offering for him to stay with others instead of going back into school.
Dani
15th Mar 2020
1
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I live with a son who separated from his children's mother some years age. It was not amicable. Now, after a lot of patience and good will, we have the children most weekends and holidays. I live in a quite isolated spot and I’m sure that, if their school closes, the children will be sent here for the duration. I don’t mind at all. They will be safer from infection here and we’ll just play out in the garden and read. I feel lucky to have them.
Catton
15th Mar 2020
0
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No. My family would rearrange their work situation if schools are closed. It would be very difficult to do but he is very clear that grandparents are more at risk from the virus than the children and therefore we will not be called upon much as we want to. This is actually a really sensible decision.
My nephew lives in Italy with his family and they are in total lockdown.
We are dealing with a total unknown and cannot take ANY chances no matter how difficult or problematic. I still see people not washing hands after using public toilets.
This is a modern WW3.
Mary Lincoln
14th Mar 2020
0
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I would love to help my grandchildren but,it's not possible. 4 of them live in NZ the other 2 have been stopped from seeing us after a messy divorce. So sad.
ValSt
13th Mar 2020
1
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I will continue to look after my Grandaughter and enjoy every minute of it !
sparrer
13th Mar 2020
1
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I used to be but I'm now a great-grandmother that privilege has been passed to my daughter who loves it as much as I did. Never a task, always a pleasure and I'm always on hand to share it if need be.
Margaret Hart
13th Mar 2020
0
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As my Granddaughter is only 8 months old. And her mum is still on maternity leave I won’t be needed except in an emergency as usual but if I had been I would have been as I Love her and my son dearly. One problem could be is that I have asthma and COPD so I have to be careful. I feel very sorry for the children who are getting ready to take exams and feel more could be getting done to prepare for them.
JOHNEFF
12th Mar 2020
0
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I can't see even the most desperate asking me to look after modern day children. I have no patience with children who have no manners and lack discipline.
Excentrica
12th Mar 2020
6
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Hubby and I are the sole "support network" for our daughter, so of course will be stepping in to look after our granddaughter as we usually do. We are both late 60's, and I am partially-sighted, have MS and other health issues, but I would only be worried if I actually contracted the virus, not worried I might die from it but that it might exacerbate the MS symptoms (fatigue and muscle cramps) which would interfere with the enjoyment of my lovely granddaughter!!! On a lighter note, we have plenty of loo rolls, so we should be okay! (Can't understand how loo rolls have become the must-have for a flu virus, it's the top end that's affected).
Wilf
12th Mar 2020
2
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We have the same issue as our local supermarket has run out of loo rolls and also soap. Strange times indeed!
JacquelineM615
12th Mar 2020
2
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We will be providing help as and when we are needed. With four grandchildren it will be difficult at times but I'm sure we will cope.
Felix1
12th Mar 2020
4
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We are between a rock and a hard place. We want to provide help but we have health issues. What to do?
ElisabethR
12th Mar 2020
4
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Things will continue as normal. We all live together in a large house and my daughter works from home. I am always here to care for my grandsons. My teaching skills will come in useful if they are out of school for any length of time anyway.
anubis
12th Mar 2020
8
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I am 71 with COPD and my husband has this and diabetes too but we have an autistic grandson who attends college and volunteers at the local library so we happily carry on as normal, nobody lives forever so I am buying trifle and chocolate not toilet rolls 🙂
ProudNana
12th Mar 2020
4
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We will definitely be happy to help as we have no underlying conditions thankfully. As I am a recently retired nurse it might become Grandpa day care though if I am needed elsewhere !
AnneC912
12th Mar 2020
4
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We already look after our grandchildren after school 4 days a week. My husband and father are in the at risk category. I can limit contact with my father of 91 but will have to rely on good hygiene otherwise. I do not see any alternative. Other stay at home relatives are even more at risk. and sharing between a number of carers seems just to increase the potential to spread the virus wider.
MrsPat
12th Mar 2020
3
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We look after our grandson on a regular basis and it is worrying. We worry about our family and also ourselves. It is difficult to so called "self-isolate" if we have members of our family here a lot but what else can you do?
Sue300
12th Mar 2020
2
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My daughter has two boys sometimes my daughter and hubby can work from home but not sure how it will stand now.

If I am needed I will help out but lucky for my daughter she has 3 lots of grandparents that can help.

What a shame it has come to this but you have to be safe. But I also think if you are a grandparent over 60 and you do have underlying health problems I would think again.
MrsPat
12th Mar 2020
3
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I agree Sue but with family, we are always there to help and our daughter also has to travel for work so we have to look after the grandchild.
Wilf
12th Mar 2020
2
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We are already being careful and not going out so much as we are in the over 60s age group so it is worrying times for everyone. We just need to be sensible and let's hope the scientists can find a vaccine asap.
JuliaT8
12th Mar 2020
8
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I do wish that the media would stop going on about the elderly with underlying health problems dying. It is just frightening older people, which I think is a disgrace. Yes we may be at risk, but it is unnecessary to scare the pants off us! I am 82 with a heart murmur and type 2 diabetes (which I control naturally). I try everything to keep myself healthy, but this continual bombardment doesn’t help.
Wilf
12th Mar 2020
1
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I think the scientists are just trying to make us aware Julia and the government are taking their advice which is best for us Silversurfers.
violetM
12th Mar 2020
4
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I don’t think the government are giving good advice - they let Cheltenham races go ahead. Madness.
Wilf
12th Mar 2020
5
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I agree with you Violet its total madness! HM Gov should be banning all crowds and meetings and sport etc to protect peoples lives.
Rhondda
13th Mar 2020
0
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I agree I love rugby but I think the Wales and Scotland game should have been cancelled asking for more problems with a large crowd mixing in Cardiff .
violetM
13th Mar 2020
1
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I totally agree. I’m Welsh and love rugby, but this is not the time.
GwynethC8
12th Mar 2020
3
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My daughter already works from home two days a week and could probably extend that. My son-in-law works from home on the odd occasion and could possibly increase those days (the wonders of modern technology!)

However, I (and the other Grandmother) would probably step in to allow them to work uninterrupted.
Grandmacrafter
12th Mar 2020
7
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I already look after two,of my grandchildren both during school term, picking up etc., and in the holidays so it would be no different for me. I have done this for all my grandchildren over the last 18 years, because the cost of child care is so high. I do admit to finding it hard now I am 75 but there is no alternative, and I love them all so much.
Marley444
12th Mar 2020
5
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I regularly help out with childcare in our family to help out as all my children work full time and I have retired. Always happy to help however, I do now have a slight concern as my husband has underlying health conditions and I guess the issue is that our generation are going to be relied upon but we are the 'at risk' age group so I can't imagine how this is all going to work out. We are the ones being told to take care of ourselves.
Gwendaelizabeth
12th Mar 2020
4
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I am in exactly the same position as Marley444 and also feel concerned as to how it’s all going to pan out.
Marley444
12th Mar 2020
2
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Such unsettling times for us all 🙁
Gwendaelizabeth
12th Mar 2020
1
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MrsPat
12th Mar 2020
0
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We are the same and having to look after my grandson which is fine but we are worried for everyone.

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