The Department of Health has published new guidance on local lockdowns for childcare providers, schools and colleges.

The new guidance means that when an area goes into 'local lockdown', it is unlikely that the childcare providers will be asked to close. A closure would happen only in rare circumstances if absolutely necessary.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/containing-and-managing-local-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreaks/covid-19-contain-framework-a-guide-for-local-decision-makers#annex-3-tiers-of-national-restriction