Early years organisations launch #ProtectEarlyYears campaign

15 January 2021

Leading early years organisations have issued a joint call for the Government to take urgent steps to protect the safety and financial sustainability of the sector, following the decision to keep early years settings open during the third national lockdown in England.

Employment rights after Brexit

7 January 2021

When the 11-month transition period ended on 31 December 2020, the UK finally completed its slow withdrawal from the European Union with, at the last possible moment, a trade deal setting out at least part of their future relationship.

Outdated Covid-secure rules could put workers at risk

6 January 2021

Essential workers and those who cannot work from home could be at risk from workplace safety rules that have not been updated since March 2020 and which do not take account of new Covid-19 strains or new scientific knowledge about how the virus is spread.

Second Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in the UK

5 January 2021

The Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK by the MHRA, and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued updated advice recommending that as many people as possible in high-risk groups be given their first vaccine dose.

New lockdown announced for England

5 January 2021

The Prime Minister announced a further national lockdown in England on 4 January 2021 with people told to stay at home, except for specific reasons including essential shopping, to work (if it is not reasonable for their job to be done at home), to exercise, to seek medical help or to escape domestic abuse.

Early years providers to remain open in all areas

4 January 2021

Early years providers have been asked to remain open across all tier levels including in high risk areas where primary schools will be required to close to all but key worker children and vulnerable children in the New Year.