Childcare news for parents
Here you will find the latest national and local news on childcare issues and family-related articles.
Wednesday 29 December
The head of early years development at the Education Policy Institute, Sarah Bonetti says the COVID-19 lockdowns will deeply affect the future development of all our young children. Social and emotional development, interaction with their peers, behaviour, self-regulation, and anxiety have all been highlighted as areas of concern.
Tuesday 7 November
Pregnant women shouldn't be forced to choose between their health or their job. But a third of pregnant women in UK fear losing jobs over Covid safety worries, survey finds. Ros Bragg, director of Maternity Action, said: "The situation for pregnant women is dire and is only getting worse as the pandemic progresses".
Tuesday 30 November
As the government announced that face masks would once again become mandatory in England in shops and on public transport from Tuesday 30 November, the education secretary is strongly advising secondary school pupils in England to wear masks.
The guidance also applies to staff and visitors at all schools and childcare settings. The Department of Education (DfE) said its guidance was temporary and would be reviewed in three weeks. However, for most secondary state schools in England, there are only approximately three weeks left of the Christmas term.
Monday 15 November 2021
Research done by the BBC suggests 75% of young carers in England are not known to councils. A young carer is someone under 18 who cares for a family member or friend with a physical or mental health illness or disability. Caring can have a dramatic detrimental effect on the education and aspirations of young and young adult carers. The COVID-19 pandemic risks exacerbating the situation, stopping young carers from reaching their full potential.
Monday 1 November 2021
MITEY is a national network and campaign which works to bring more men into the early years education workforce, and support them once they are part of it. They have teamed up with PACEY (the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) on a project to promote careers in childcare to men as well as women through Job Centre Plus.
If you’re a man interested in a career in childcare – or you know men who might be – there are free online sessions happening on the following dates:
- Tuesday 9 November at 10am
- Wednesday 17 November at 1pm
- Thursday 18 November at 10am
- Thursday 2 December at 10am
- Monday 13 December at 1pm
To take part, email PACEY with your preferred date, and they'll do the rest!
Monday 25 October 2021
The Government have announced the creation of a network of family hubs across England, where thousands of families are to receive extra support as part of a £500m package. Launching in 75 local authorities, the family hubs are described as 'one-stop shops' for advice and guidance.