Ministers accused of ‘covering up’ underfunding of early years education

A new report by an early years organisation says ministers knew they were underfunding the sector, passing on the costs to parents and driving down quality. Early Years Alliance (EYA) conducted a two year FOI investigation. The alliance found that the Department for Education (DfE) only gave local authorities two-thirds of the money needed to …
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Vaccine Equity: Why Communities of Color & Incarcerated People Should Get Early Access to Shots

As the first shipments of a federally approved COVID-19 vaccine arrive across the United States, healthcare workers and residents of nursing homes will receive the first shipments, and epidemiologist Camara Phyllis Jones says communities of color with high rates of COVID-19 should also get consideration for early access. “I think that CDC got it right …
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Starmer urges leaders to try to keep schools open as Khan backs early closure

Keir Starmer has urged leaders to keep schools open. But the London mayor has called on the government to consider closing London schools early for Christmas, amid a surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. Sadiq Khan wants all secondary schools and colleges in London to close a few days early and reopen later in the new …
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English schools could face legal action if they plan to shut early for Christmas

Schools in England planning to allow pupils to learn remotely in the run-up to Christmas could face legal action to force them to remain open. “Directions” New powers introduced through the Coronavirus Act allow the government to issue “directions” to headteachers around education provision during the pandemic. But should schools fail to comply after being …
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Coronavirus is disrupting early years education. And it’s the poorest children who’ll suffer the most.

Early years education has been severely impacted by coronavirus, according to a recent report, prompting concerns that disadvantaged children will lose out. The report, conducted by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), found that 71% of staff in the early years sector were furloughed from March to August. During this period, 7% of staff left their …
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Flu immunisation for early years settings including child minders

Published 16 September 2016 Last updated 28 September 2020 + show all updates 28 September 2020 Added this year’s guidance. 15 October 2019 Added pre-school guidance for the 2019 to 2020 flu season. 18 September 2018 Added revised guidance for early years childcare settings. 7 September 2017 Revised for 2017 to 2018 Annual childhood flu programme. …
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Open consultation: Early years healthy development review: call for evidence

The Prime Minister has asked Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP to lead a new review into improving health and development outcomes of babies and young children in England. The time from conception to the age of 2 is a critical time for development and can impact physical health, mental health and opportunity throughout life. Wed …
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Press release: New parents urged to have their say on available early years support via new online questionnaire

New parents, healthcare staff, charities and volunteer groups encouraged to share their views on the governments existing early years support Early Years Health Adviser Andrea Leadsom MP to lead new review commissioned by the Prime Minister into improving health outcomes of babies and young children The review will consider the barriers that impact on early …
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Open consultation: Early years healthy development review: call for evidence

The Prime Minister has asked Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP to lead a new review into improving health and development outcomes of babies and young children in England. The time from conception to the age of 2.5 is a critical time for development and can impact physical health, mental health and opportunity throughout life. Wed …
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