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NEWS: Call to put #ChildrenAtTheHeart featured in The Telegraph

PACEY is among 100 + stakeholders who signed a letter published in the Telegraph today, calling for the Government to put children and young people at the heart of the nation’s recovery plans. This letter comes after much research on the detrimental impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on children and young people’s learning, development and emotional wellbeing, in part due to the closures of schools and early years settings during national lockdown restrictions.

You can read the letter to the Telegraph in full here.

The publication of this letter coincides with the Telegraph launching its own Campaign for Children. This includes an interview with the new Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza urgently calling for future policies to put the needs of children first.  

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:

“We have joined others in signing this letter and supporting the Daily Telegraph’s campaign because more needs to be done to address the wide-ranging impacts this pandemic has had on our children and young people. We know from our members working as childminders and nannies or in nurseries and pre-schools that even our youngest children have suffered. We need improved investment in high-quality early education, which we know can transform their futures. This is particularly true for the most disadvantaged children and families, who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.”