Supporting our early years providers

We have staged an important event for local early years providers to help them plan for welcoming back more children. 

Many nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and out of school clubs joined an online conference which provided advice and guidance on the public health issues linked to Covid-19.

As part of our ongoing work to help all settings which support children, senior managers from the council’s Children’s Services and Public Health teams were on hand to answer questions and discuss the pressing issues.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“We are hugely committed to supporting the early years sector as we all move together into the next phase of Covid-19.

“Many settings have stayed open throughout the pandemic and have done wonderful work for local families. The government have now asked more providers to open and, as with schools bringing back more pupils, safety is the absolute priority.

“Early years providers don’t just give vital support to some of our youngest children. Their availability also brings economic benefits as it means families can entrust their children to highly trained professionals while they go to work.

“It is our view that no setting should open until the time is right for its staff and families. We are helping them through the complex task of welcoming children in the safest possible way.”

Each setting is making its own arrangements, so please contact your early years’ provider directly for more information.

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