Sector News Update –18th January 2021

Hi everyone and welcome to another daily edition of sector news!

As an advisory committee suggests that those currently looking for work ‘should be encouraged to consider’ jobs in social care; https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-uk-workers-job-loss-social-care-latest-a9583761.html ministers are accused of failing to recognise the efforts of low-paid care workers during the pandemic, as they’re excluded from a pay rise for key-workers; https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ministers-accused-sidestepping-issue-low-pay-social-care-workers-a9630696.html


Whilst an investigation begins, into the death of over 620 NHS and Social Care workers to Covid-19, to ensure lessons can be applied to future strategies for covid-safety in hospital settings; https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-nhs-deaths-healthcare-workers-covid-care-doctors-nurses-a9665386.html The Government have announced additional funding for testing and additional hours of staff time within Social Care, with money being allocated to Local Authorities to distribute; https://www.gov.uk/government/news/social-care-to-receive-269-million-to-boost-staff-levels-and-testing


New ‘mass vaccination centres’ have opened up across England, today; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-55701652 with the vaccine rollout extending to over 70s and those who are classed as vulnerable; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55698132


In Early Years Education, it has been announced that the EYFS Profile does not need to be completed this year, as the schools minister stated that the DfE have made the assessment optional in “recognition of the additional pressures reception teachers face”.; https://schoolsweek.co.uk/schools-dont-have-to-complete-early-years-foundation-stage-profile-in-2021/


Whilst this might be welcome news for EY Teachers currently struggling to cope with multiple pressures, funding remains a pressure as attendance at open nurseries has dropped significantly.  Though nurseries have been encouraged to remain open, fluctuating numbers have let to financial challenges for many nurseries; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55665962

 

Thanks and until next time, take care.