Today the Government published its latest data showing the number of registered early years and childcare settings in England that contacted Ofsted to report confirmed cases of coronavirus.
In the week commencing 4 January 2021, 1,267 settings made reports of coronavirus cases. This is an increase from 582 settings in the previous week. These figures do not reflect the total number of individual coronavirus cases in early years and childcare settings in England.
Helen Donohoe, Policy Advisor at PACEY comments:
“The latest data confirms what we are hearing from many of our PACEY members who are anxious about their health and that of their families and have had to close their doors due to positive cases of coronavirus. We know that this number is an underestimate of the total number of cases in early years settings, too many of whom are unable to claim for any financial support to cope with these closures.
“These latest figures will not reassure those who are worried about their safety at work. If early years and childcare settings are to remain the only education service currently open to all children in the latest national lockdown, we need to see the government take action to protect the workforce. We continue to urge the government to include early years and childcare providers in the list of priority occupations in the next vaccine rollout. We also want to see improved financial support and improved access to regular testing for all providers.’’