Early years and childcare practitioners provide a vital service for families, and have kept their doors open to children through the latest national lockdown despite coronavirus cases remaining high in the community. We also know that around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not display symptoms.
That's why we are calling for the vital work of early years and childcare practitioners, including childminders and nannies, to be clearly recognised as a priority for vaccination after the most vulnerable have received their vaccine, as well as given equal access to regular coronavirus home tests.
We want people to understand that childcare and early education can’t be done at a distance. You can’t comfort a crying toddler, support a child's development or change a nappy from 2 metres away. Have your say on social media using #NotAtArmsLength and share your photos (if you’re happy for us to repost) showing what it’s like to work in childcare and early years settings.
You can also access our new resources to write a template letter in England in relation to home testing. This doesnot apply to Wales where processes for home testing are already in place. You can use these resources to:
1. Your local MP to raise awareness and lobby them to take action to make home testing available to all registered practitioners in England
2. Your Local Authority in England to encourage them to organise home testing kits to be sent to all providers at a local level, as some have successfully done.
3. Your local school or nursery in England to organise access to home testing via their settings, as some providers have successfully done.