Sector News Update – Week Commencing 15th June 2020


Hi everyone,

It’s been another busy week, with more primary schools continuing to reopen to specific year groups. Last week plans for all children to return to primary education before the end of the school year were expected to be dropped and this has now been confirmed. However, the Prime Minister did announce that a ‘massive catch-up operation’ for learners will be revealed next week.

A letter was sent to Government from the National Education Union calling for a 10-point ‘national recovery plan’ for education. They want to address an investment in and a plan for education renewal, as well as focussing on the sense of isolation which is felt by many children and concerns about families having no access to free school meal vouchers over the summer break.

From Saturday 13th June, in England, single adults living alone - or single parents whose children are under 18 - can form a support bubble with one other household, in an attempt to tackle loneliness and isolation. This comes amongst many new changes to lockdown, which will come into force in England today, the 15th June. The Northern Ireland Executive have also announced a similar measure, after four consecutive days of no reported deaths related to coronavirus.

After a significant increase in testing capacity has been achieved, covid-19 test kits have now been offered to every care home across England catering for over-65s or those with dementia. Kits have been delivered to all eligible settings (almost 9000), regardless of symptoms reported.

It was Infant Mental Health Awareness Week last week and the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) warned that covid-19 is likely to have a negative effect on the mental health and emotional well-being of under-fives and their parents. The NCB wants practitioners and parents to work in partnership to support the social and emotional development of this age group.

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.

Dawn – CACHE Alumni Editor