How is NDNA supporting nurseries with coronavirus / covid-19?

We are having daily discussions with government departments to take all your queries and feedback to them. 

Pressing government
We continue to press the Government for the support childcare providers need, especially with the Job Retention Scheme, whether to stay open in the short term or ensure long-term survival. We will keep you updated with any announcements as they come through.

Through our lobbying efforts we have secured a series of financial support for the sector but we know there are still issues relating to furloughed staff, insurance and other fixed overheads.

We are having regular discussions with Ministers and government officials across England, Scotland and Wales for a response to queries regarding closures, what compensation would be available for nurseries and whether nurseries would continue to receive government funding

Nursery practitioner and child

We are lobbying government to make nurseries a special case. Members can login to download our letter to lobby their MP on this issue too.

Working together
We are working with other organisations so that your challenges and concerns are heard at every level when planning decisions are being made. 

NDNA and Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) joined together to call on the Chancellor to offer more support urgently to childcare providers affected by COVID-19 and to set up a childcare taskforce made up of providers and their representatives to better co-ordinate this support - read more here.

We worked with NDNA Partner Citation to host a free webinar for NDNA members all about health and safety at work and employment law on 18 March, see the recording here.

You can access guidance as an NDNA member from NDNA Partner Citation here.

NDNA Cymru - as part of the Cwlwm consortium - has sent a letter to the Welsh Government in response to the packet of measures announced today to protect workers in the form of direct financial "business support". See it here.

Legal support
We offer a free legal helpline for NDNA members.

Insurance
NDNA has contacted insurers to see if we can find insurance policies which will cover you for closures. We have also written to Towergate Insurance for clarification on cover for members. Coronavirus is now a notifiable disease – but this may not affect insurance stance.

Members insured with Ecclesiastical will not be covered for business interruption due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We understand how disappointing this news has been for all of our members who have insurance via Pound Gates and how serious this is if a setting has to close or paritially operate. Pound Gates Insurance has confirmed that if any members would like to terminate their insurance, they should get in touch immediately. In most cases you should receive a pro-rata refund. We have strongly requested that the insurance company reconsidered its position. Unfortunately, Pound Gates and Ecclesiastical have now confirmed that they will not be changing their insurance stance to include COVID-19. 

We would urge all members to be vigilant when choosing a new insurer. Please ensure that you are fully conversant with the policy wording prior to signing to make sure that you are purchasing the desired level of protection.

Members with enhanced cover with other insurers may find that they are covered for COVID-19 but please do read your policy document and contact your insurance company if it is not clear. 

Depending on your own policy and level of cover you may be able to claim under Extension 7 in the Loss of Revenue section of your policy with Morton Michel - read more here.

Tips and activity guides for nurseries still operating
Access myNDNA - our free online community - for a bank of nursery activities and tips to utilise throughtout your time as a nursery operating for key worker and vulnerable children here.  

We've created a guide for making a snuffle station for your children to learn about and encourage hygiene practices, including guidance on using hand sanitiser around children and top tips on hand-washing.

Keeping you up-to-date
NDNA members receive an email update every day on the latest guidance from government regarding coronavirus / COVID-19 for the sector. 

We've created a dedicated section all about coronavirus / COVID-19 on our website for all nurseries to access.

Thanking the sector
At NDNA we wanted to find a way to share positive messages thanking nurseries and your dedicated staff teams for their unflinching determination to care for children so their parents can work on the front-line to keep the country going and look after those in hospital. Please look out for and share our #ThankOurNurseries and #ThankOurNurseryWorkers posts on Twitter and Facebook.

Downloadable resources
Members can login to access our free resources below. 

  • Template coronavirus / COVID-19 letter to lobby MPs to make nurseries a special case
  • Template coronavirus Visitor Declaration Form
  • Access to legal helpline number
  • Live Citation Q&A recording
  • 'Critical Incident policy' and 'Infection Control Policy' templates
  • Landlord rent holiday request letter template.

Access these resources here and find out more about NDNA membership here.  

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