Risk management of Covid-19 in Early Years Settings in the UK

Holdgate, Hannah (2021) Risk management of Covid-19 in Early Years Settings in the UK. In: Evaluation and Management in Early Years Settings. UNSPECIFIED.

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On 18 March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic spread around the world, the United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, made a statement on Coronavirus to the UK Public via National Television. He stated “So, I can announce today and Gavin Williamson [is] making statement now in House of Commons, that after schools shut their gates from Friday afternoon, they will remain closed for most pupils – for the vast majority of pupils- until further notice… So, we are simultaneously asking nurseries and private schools to do the same, and we are providing financial support where it is needed” (Gov.UK, 2020). Schools and Early Years Settings closed on that Friday afternoon, 20 March 2020, to all but the children of critical workers (Doctors, nurses, care staff, supermarket workers and other staff who were vital to the pandemic response) and vulnerable children (children with an Education and Health Care Plan, children looked after by the local authority and children with a social worker (DfE, 2020a). More than 69,000 early years providers closed to all children during the first national lockdown (Local Government Association, 2021) whilst others furloughed staff (Education Policy Institute, 2020) developed rotas for those staff working so that they did not work every week.

Item Type: Book Section
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 15:08
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 15:08
URI: https://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17659

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