Covid-19: Supporting children returning to nursery

4 June 2020

As early years providers begin to open to more children in England, research suggests that most parents are anxious about sending their child back to childcare or school and there is also widespread concern over the impact of Covid-19 on children’s mental health. Here we look at how early years providers can support the wellbeing of children as they return to their settings.

Deep cleaning the workplace in the time of coronavirus

1 June 2020

Within a relatively short space of time, the coronavirus has radically changed working life around the world, perhaps forever in the case of some organisations. Never before has workplace cleaning taken on life and death implications across so many different types of ordinary, non-specialist, work settings. Vicky Powell looks at how to deep clean workplaces to best protect workers and others from the COVID-19 virus.

Being a family-friendly employer

27 May 2020

Working parents are afforded certain rights under employment law and employers need to ensure they are aware of them. Not only can failure in this area result in costly discrimination claims, it can also mean the difference between a low or a high retention rate. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines points that employers can consider when aiming to be family-friendly employers.

Managing stress during the pandemic

25 May 2020

Amid all the uncertainties and disruption caused by COVID-19, an awareness of how your team is coping is all-important. Laura King looks at what managers can do to reduce stress for themselves and employees.

COVID-19’s impact on UK occupations and employees

21 May 2020

How does coronavirus affect different occupational groups? Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, which highlights impacts on UK society, the economy and specific worker groups, is a searchable guidance resource — with added analysis drawing on US figures and experiences. Jon Herbert investigates.

Preparing for a wider opening of early years settings

18 May 2020

In its COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, the Government said that it wanted to begin a gradual return to work in England by way of a three-stage process. The second stage would begin no earlier than 1 June (subject to the most up-to-date assessment of the risk posed by the virus). Paul Clarke examines how a phased return for early years settings might work and how providers can prepare for it.

The current COVID-19 health and safety priorities

28 April 2020

As the COVID-19 emergency evolves, understanding your changing occupational health and safety responsibilities becomes more challenging. There is a lot of guidance from the Health and Safety Executive continually being updated online. Jon Herbert reports.

How to mothball your building

26 April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed many facilities managers into unfamiliar territory, as millions work from home and workplaces become low use or temporarily empty. Vicky Powell reports on the advice covering maintenance, security considerations, statutory compliance and insurance implications from the Building Engineering Services Association.