What is the official advice for education settings including nurseries?

On 18 March, Prime Minister announced schools will close from 20 March until further notice.   Early years provision, private schools and sixth form colleges are also expected to follow government advice, the Prime Minister said. Exceptions will be made for the children of key workers during the epidemic including parents in the emergency services and […]

Extra funds for student mental health

The Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have announced £1 million of funding for student groups most at risk of poor mental health. The funding aims to create projects to support groups believed to be ‘at risk’, including: black and ethnic minority students, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, LGBTQ+ students […]

Professional Association for ChildCare and Early Years

The Professional Association for Child Care and Early Years are running a Department for Education funded project to support child care providers, parents & carers with recognizing the value of everyday interactions and routines on children’s development. You can read more and find links to informative short film clips on “5 small things” talking, reading, […]

Record number of children in care as adoption rates drop

Department for Education (DfE) statistics show 78,150 children were in care on 31 March this year – four per cent more than on the same date in 2018. Some 72 per cent of children were in foster care – 13 per cent of which were with friends or relatives, the figures show. In addition, the […]