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Top stories for nurseries and early years organisations.

Here you’ll find the NMT Newsletter, bringing you the latest news, research and resources in the early years sector.

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If you have a story or news item, please contact our editor Briony Richter: briony.richter@investorpublishing.co.uk

NMT News: 16th October 2020

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NMT News: 11th September 2020

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NMT News: 28th August 2020

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NMT News: 14th August 2020

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NMT News: 7th August 2020

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NMT News: 31st July 2020

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NMT News: 21st July 2020

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NMT News: 3rd July 2020

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Bubbles at nurseries can be removed from 20 July

For nurseries, childminders, and other early years providers, restrictions on group sizes will be lifted from 20 July, increasing capacity from the start of the summer holiday.
Previously the Government recommended bubbles of 8 to 16 to reduce the risk of transmission. Although settings can scrap this from mid-July the DfE says that all other protective measures should remain in place and to consider how to minimise unnecessary mixing throughout the day.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson reassured parents and said ‘nothing can replace being in the classroom’.
He added, ‘I want to reassure parents and families that we are doing everything we can to make sure schools, nurseries, colleges and other providers are as safe as possible for children and staff, and will continue to work closely with the country’s best scientific and medical experts to ensure that is the case.’
The guidance states that ‘There cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Early years operators and staff will be the ones best placed to use the approach that works for their settings, children and parents.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, chief executive of NDNA said:
‘The changes to the guidance on bubbles will be welcome to many childcare providers. How to manage consistent groups across a week while attendance at nurseries varies so much has been a key challenge for our members. We have been raising this issue in our regular discussions with the Government and it is good to see that providers, who have the knowledge and experience of their settings and families, will be allowed to use their professional judgement in keeping staff and children safe.
‘Keeping to eight or 16 in a group would have pushed many settings into unsustainable positions. As a result of these measures and reduced numbers of children attending nearly three quarters of settings told us they expected to run at a loss for the coming months. This could see many childcare businesses close for good limiting the places available for children and families.
‘Nurseries always make the safety of children and their staff their number one priority. They will still have to risk assess how they work and take steps to minimise mixing of children as much as possible. Parents can be assured that all other protective measures will be in place around health and safety, infection control and settings will be working hard, providing high quality learning experiences.
‘This is a crucial stage of a child’s life and the Government must act now to ensure the long term availability of high quality early education and childcare.’

Chief executive of the Alliance, Neil Leitch, said:
‘We know that in the early years, one size doesn’t fit all and so the way a large nursery operates on a day-to-day basis is likely to be very different to, say, a small pre-school operating from a church hall or a childminder working out of their own home.
‘As such, it is positive that today’s guidance change will allow providers the flexibility to operate safely in a way that is most appropriate for their own provision.
‘There is no doubt, however, that keeping children, parents, practitioners and other early years staff safe has to be a priority and so it is important that there is clarity on the scientific basis for this decision, and what steps providers can and should take to ensure that they are still able to minimise the risk of infection transmission without the use of ‘bubbles’.
‘What’s more, with parental demand for childcare places still significantly below normal levels, we are clear that this change alone will not solve the huge financial challenges that nurseries, pre-schools and childminders are currently facing. It remains vital, therefore, that the government commits to an urgent financial support package for the sector to ensure that they are able to survive this difficult period, and provide the care and education that families across the country need.’

 

NMT News: 19th June 2020

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NMT News: 5th June 2020

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NMT News: 22nd May 2020

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  • Managing the risk while re-opening the sector
  • Ready to open? Key points to get there
  • Early Years Alliance criticises lack of government support
  • Childcare market report points to a resilient sector for the future
  • Christie & Co: Covid-19 – Guidance for Early Years Settings

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NMT News: 7th May 2020

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  • Covid-19 Response Group details guidance for a safe re-opening
  • Open letter to the Government and Local Authorities
  • Survey: A quarter of childcare providers fear permanent closure within the year
  • Play at Home Fest announces lineup
  • CMA investigation will focus on childcare providers among other sectors

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NMT News: 16th April 2020

 

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