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3 in 4 families would NOT have done the same a Dominic Cummings if they had been in the same situation say the 16,764 parents we surveyed

1st June 2020

Dominic Cummings, special adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has been the focus of recent media attention due to his controversial 260 mile drive from London to Durham during lock-down to stay at a cottage on his parents farm. … read more

The most common phobias passed onto children revealed

1st June 2020

Whether you have a major phobia or not, it’s inherently human to be scared of something. Lots of parents may try to hide any fears they have from their children, but kids are notoriously perceptive and pick up on the most discreet cues and behaviours. Therefore, we wanted to survey parents in a bid to find out which phobias are most commonly passed on from parent to child. … read more

Childminders reopen for all children without clear government guidance and support

1st June 2020

Thousands of childminders and group early years settings are returning to work with early years children today, yet they have not been provided with clear guidance or support from the Government to do so safely. … read more

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme extended for a further 3 months but tens of thousands of childminders will still struggle to survive

29th May 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been extended for a further 3 months. … read more

The loophole some parents are using to send their children to school during lockdown

26th May 2020

Schools closed their doors to most children at the end of Friday 20th March 2020 but have remained open to care for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. … read more

Steps to controlling coronavirus in early years settings

26th May 2020

Our childminder operations team have now reviewed the latest DfE guidance - 'Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June'. … read more

Under 5s will be able to get a coronavirus test from 1st June say DfE

25th May 2020

The Department for Education has confirmed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's intention to open schools and early years settings more widely from 1st June.   … read more

New early years guidance published by the DfE

24th May 2020

The DfE have just announced the publication of their long-awaited ‘Planning guide for early years and childcare settings’. It has been reviewed by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England and the DfE state that it ‘is informed by the latest scientific advice on minimising transmission risks within settings.’ … read more

How will early years manage coronavirus symptoms without access to tests for under 5s?

23rd May 2020

A question from a member of the public in the government's Daily Briefing today asked about Coronavirus testing for under 5 year olds. This is linked to the current DfE guidance that, if a child has symptoms of coronavirus, they should go home and self-isolate for 7 days (and their family for 14 days) and parents should be encouraged to get them tested. … read more

Schools and nurseries ban childminders from their premises

23rd May 2020

We all recognise the importance to keeping children in small, safe ‘bubbles’, to ensure, as much as reasonably practicable, their safety and the safety of those around them. … read more

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