Nurseries in Scotland to reopen on 22 February
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced in Parliament today that all children can return to their early years setting from 22 February, just after half term.
She added that although private and voluntary early learning and childcare settings would not immediately be included on the regularly schools testing programme, this would come within a few weeks.
Nurseries in Scotland have been closed since Christmas to all but children of key workers and those who are vulnerable. Many settings have been closed completely.
Nurseries should continue to follow current guidance issued by the Scottish Government updated on 26 January. The First Minister stated that she will confirm the reopening dates in two weeks time.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA Scotland, said: “The First Minister’s announcement will come as a huge relief to nurseries and parents across Scotland. Some nurseries have been unable to open at all because of small numbers of children eligible to attend; the rest have been open only for key worker and vulnerable children.
“Nurseries are crucial for children’s development and early learning. Families need them for stability and to enable parents to work. It’s good to have two weeks’ notice for settings that are not already open to get ready.
“We’re also pleased that the Scottish Government will extend their asymptomatic testing plans to include private and voluntary early learning and childcare settings.
We will urge the Scottish Government and the Minister to ensure they announce their plan with dates for this as soon as possible.
“Children and staff safety is the number one priority for all nurseries. Practitioners and parents need the reassurance from regular testing that their child’s nursery is as safe as possible.”
Read the full announcement here