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Rapid testing kits will be delivered to nurseries from next month. Here’s what this means for you

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Ensuring young children can access the care, support and social interaction they need during these critical early years, is crucial to their development. This is why early years settings have remained open to all children throughout the current national lockdown. …

Delayed return to school and contingency framework: Your questions answered

On 30 January, the Government responded to rapidly rising case rates due to the new, more transmissible variant of coronavirus by triggering the education contingency framework and pushing back the staggered return for secondary schools and colleges by one week. …

How schools have created safe ways to celebrate Christmas this year

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One of our most cherished school traditions, the annual Nativity play, has still taken centre stage across the country, despite the pandemic. In assembly halls, churches and classrooms the show has managed to go on, although as with almost everything …

What the new national restrictions mean for education settings

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On Saturday the Prime Minister announced that, from today, the country will enter a new period of national restrictions until at least 2 December. Unlike the last national lockdown in the spring, this time schools, nurseries and other education settings …

Lockdown research emphasises importance of early years settings for disadvantaged children

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A study by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), has shown that babies and toddlers from lower socio-economic backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic due to having less access to books and outdoor space during lockdown.