According to the announcement of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, from Wednesday, 6 May, care institutions for children under the age of 3 and nursery schools may be opened. In case of closure of an institution, additional care allowances will continue to be paid.
The government meets the expectations of parents and entities running day care centres and enables the opening of these facilities. This is a possibility, not an order for local governments. It is an individual decision of the founding body, taken in cooperation with employees of district sanitary services, after analysing the epidemiological situation in the region. The decision to resume care activities should be made only if the guidelines are met and after consultation with the poviat sanitary and epidemiological station as well as with parents.
A gradual return to a new reality requires strict compliance with rules and guidelines in every area of social life. The Minister for Family, Labour and Social Policy, Marlena Malaga, stressed that "the health and safety of the youngest, as well as the staff of the institutions, is of the utmost importance".
She also informed that detailed guidelines had been communicated yesterday both to local authorities and directly by electronic means to all childcare facilities".
Basic principles for day care centres and nursery schools:
- Limited number of children in a group,
- Availability of disinfectants,
- Refusal to accept children with COVID-19-like symptoms,
- Limiting the possibility of staying outdoors,
- Lack of contact between different groups of children.
"Concern for the health and life of Poles is of major importance to us," said the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy. Therefore, the government continues to pay a care allowance to parents who do not use childcare.
The care allowance will be paid if:
- A nursery school and day care centre are closed by decision of a local government unit,
- A day care centre or nursery school cannot provide care due to coronavirus-related restrictions.
Childcare will be provided for those who have to return to work. As Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski emphasised, "We must do it with the utmost care for the safety and health protection of children and employees."
In connection with numerous questions concerning the opening of nursery schools and day care centres, Minister of Education Dariusz Piontkowski informed about the prepared and published document available on the Ministry's website.