Impact of nursery closures in first year of pandemic

21 July 2021

Nursery closures in England increased by more than a third during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic compared to the same period the previous year, according to a new report by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).

Early years commission publish manifesto

16 July 2021

The Early Years Commission has launched a new manifesto which puts forward a number of recommendations to transform the lives of our youngest children.

Wales takes cautious steps towards reopening

15 July 2021

In recent days we have seen announcements about the removal of Covid restrictions from England (see Emphasis on “personal responsibility” as restrictions ease) and Scotland (see First Minister calls for caution as Scotland set to move to Level 0).

First Minister calls for caution as Scotland set to move to Level 0

14 July 2021

After the announcement that most Covid restrictions in England would be lifted on 19 July (see Emphasis on “personal responsibility” as restrictions ease , Scotland is set to follow suit — although it will retain a number of public health measures.

Take-up of funded childcare places falls

9 July 2021

The latest Department for Education (DfE) statistics on childcare and early years show a significant drop in the number of children registered for early years funded places.