Sector News Update – 5th October 2020

 

Hi everyone,

 

A lot of change since last week's news but we're getting used to that now! 

 

Something that hasn't changed are the number of questions around coronavirus testing. The Government have been accused of ‘flying blind’ over covid tests for pupils as DfE data suggests that almost one in six secondary schools are not fully open. 

 

The DfE has released new non-statutory guidance to support the teaching of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) across age groups, which explore cancel culture, gender stereotypes and extreme political stances.  

 

The Early Years Alliance are looking for the views of Early Years professionals at all levels.  If you work with children and want to have your say on the way that the pandemic has affected your life, the way that you work and the children that you care for, you can contribute your views before this Friday 9th October. 

 

As more families recruit nannies as an antidote to concerns about childcare in 'the new normal' campaigners from the sector have expressed frustration after the government responded to their recent calls for the nanny 'industry' to be regulated.  Currently nannies can be unqualified in childcare or children's learning and don't require require any professional registrations, though many good nannies choose to pursue professional development voluntarily or to support their career progression.   

 

 Please let us know if there’s anything that we can do to help, or if you need individual advice or support. You can get in touch with our team at [email protected] We’re always here to support you.

Until next time, take care.