Childcare costs have risen by 4% over the last year as early years providers struggle to remain sustainable during the pandemic, according to Coram Family and Childcare’s annual Childcare Survey for 2021.
Research conducted by the Early Years Alliance and Ceeda on behalf of the Mayor of London has found that 64% of nurseries and 56% of childminders consider their services to be at immediate risk of closure or to be facing potential closure in the next 12 months.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published practical guidance for employers to help them to understand their responsibilities towards staff and support them as the vaccine rollout continues.
Introducing his second Budget, emphasising that he will still do “whatever it takes”, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that his focus was on preventing the growth of unemployment as the country emerges from the latest lockdown.
Echoing the statement by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has promised a phased and careful approach to easing lockdown restrictions while continuing to suppress coronavirus.
Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home as schools return from 8 March.