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NEWS: Letter from Minister Vicky Ford MP on testing and vaccination

We wanted to share this letter with all PACEY members and to reassure you that we are continuing to call on Government in England and Wales to prioritise early years and childcare practitioners for vaccination (once the most vulnerable have been treated) and to ensure all private, voluntary and independent providers, including childminders, can use home testing kits as part of their efforts to reduce the risk of virus transmission and not simply be expected to rely on community testing sites which continue to be inaccessible for many of our members. And of course to call on the Department for Education and HM Treasury in England to improve the financial support they offer to providers, in particular the many childminders who have not benefitted from any of the current support schemes available.  In Wales extra funding for 2020-21 has been provided to local authorities through the Children and Communities Grant to support providers, see the section on financial support in our latest update for Wales.

Read the letter from Minister Vicky Ford MP here.