Coronavirus and Government assistance

3 April 2020

John Davison explains the Government COVID-19 assistance available to businesses announced to date. It is expected that further measures will be revealed and some detail of the assistance is not yet available. The situation is further complicated as there are different assistance packages for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, mainly effecting rates relief and grants.

Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme

3 April 2020

The Government has announced its plans for financial assistance to help employers retain employees for an extended period of time, although offering no work, and avoid lay-offs. It is called the Job Retention Scheme and aims to avoid lay-offs or redundancies while employers are unable to offer work to their employees because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme Q&As

3 April 2020

With the Government introducing plans for financial assistance to provide employers an alternative to redundancies, here are some FAQs on furlough and the Government’s Job Retention Scheme.

EU Exit Transition Watch — Will COVID-19 delay Brexit?

2 April 2020

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union was opposed by many in both Houses of Parliament, caused concern in groups ranging from the CBI to the TUC and resulted in serious warnings from, among others, the Bank of England, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Some of these objections certainly put obstacles in the path to Brexit, but the arrival of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and his significant victory in the December 2019 general election left little doubt that the UK now had a set date to leave the Union — by the end of 2020. If that date was to change, the Prime Minister warned, it would only be because the current trade negotiations were not heading in the right direction — in which case he was prepared to call an end to the talks and leave the EU in the summer.

Supporting children with ADHD

2 April 2020

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects about 2–5% of school age children. It is a complex behavioural disorder typified by problems paying attention, excessive activity and difficulties in exercising self-control. Young children with ADHD often have problems in settings such as early years services, nursery classes or at school where their difficulties in paying attention may result in poor achievement and disruptive behaviour. Martin Hodgson describes the background to the condition and reviews support options for early years providers.

Supporting SEN in the early years

2 April 2020

Following the introduction of the SEND reforms, it is clear that early years practitioners play a key role in the new SEN support system, and it is vital that providers understand their duties and responsibilities in relation to the new SEND Code of Practice and the Children and Families Act 2014. Elizabeth Walker looks at the current guidance for early years providers on supporting children with special educational needs in their care.

Early years provision for children on the autism spectrum

2 April 2020

Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a medical term used to describe a range of developmental conditions which begin in childhood and affect the way a child communicates and relates to others, as Martin Hodgson explains.

The Local Offer for children with SEND

2 April 2020

The special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice for children with special needs and disabilities, published in 2014, introduced the “Local Offer”. Liz Hodgman, childcare consultant, looks at what this means for early years settings and how they can meet the requirements of the code.

How to support children with SEN in the early years

2 April 2020

Recent research reveals that there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children with special educational needs (SEN) at nursery so it is essential that early years providers are aware of their responsibilities and can fully support the children in their care. Elizabeth Walker investigates.

Alternatives to redundancy — suggestions

1 April 2020

In this article, Stuart Chamberlain, Croner-i author and employment law consultant, outlines alternatives to redundancy for employers such as the Government's Job Retention Scheme (“Furlough”), while managing a pandemic such as the coronavirus (COVID-19).