As of today, England enters a second lockdown with many sectors having to close their doors until at least the 5 of December.
To help combat the spread of the virus, the Prime Minister also announced that the furlough scheme will be extended and now Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the scheme will continue until the end of March.
He told the Commons that the Government will review the policy in January. It follows several days of scrutiny over the scope and duration of furlough that was originally due to end at the end of October.
That announcement at the weekend sparked a row with Scotland and Wales, which argued that it was unfair for the full support package to be available only when England is in lockdown. They said the scheme – which currently guarantees 80% of wages up to £2,500 a month for people unable to work – should be on offer if they went into their own full national lockdowns later on.
Around £40bn has been spent on the furlough scheme since it was introduced in March and about 9.6 million people have benefited from it.
The NDNA and the Education Policy Institute (EPI) are launching the second survey in their year-long research project looking at the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the early years workforce.
This next set of research will look at the impact the furlough scheme has had on the early years sector to date.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: ‘It is vital that we get the full picture of challenges facing the early years sector through this survey given the new lockdown measures and the planned changeover to the JSS.
‘This is a highly uncertain time for everyone as we enter a new period of Coronavirus restrictions. This valuable research will help us to provide evidence of the impact of Covid-19 on providers.
‘We are asking childcare providers across the UK to take the time to complete the survey to capture the evolving nature of the challenges in each nation.’
To complete the survey click here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZZBRTVY