Latest childcare and early years news

Coronavirus guidance for nurseries and early years providers

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See the latest guidance on coronavirus / COVID-19 for nurseries and early years settings on our dedicated page here, updated regularly. 

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TUC and IPPR echo NDNA’s call for emergency early years funding 

29 October 2020
Purnima Tanuku OBE

A report published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called for extra funding from the Government for the struggling early years sector. Read more              


Government’s own research shows the need for more support

28 October 2020
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The Department for Education has published its Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers and COVID-19 research report, based on an online survey conducted by NatCen Social Research and Frontier Economics in July 2020. Read more              


Chancellor announced additional support for businesses 

22 October 2020

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced today an expansion of the Job Support Scheme (JSS) and other new grant schemes for businesses in Tier Two areas. Read more             


All early years professionals should have access to tests 

12 October 2020

NDNA is calling for all early years practitioners, irrespective of their type of setting, to have equal access to COVID-19 testing. Read more               


Tax-Free Childcare scheme underspent by £1.7bn  

12 October 2020

Only one in six eligible parents have taken up Tax-Free Childcare, the Government’s flagship support for parents, according to newly published data. Read more              


Children must be at ‘forefront’ of Covid-19 planning 

12 October 2020

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has released a new report (29 September) titled Childhood in the time of Covid, looking at ‘the rising tide of childhood vulnerability’ as a result of Covid-19. Read more