Alliance actions for early years settings
Email your MP asking for childminders to be included in the government's 'coronavirus job retention scheme'.
The government has announced a new 'coronavirus job retention scheme' for employees across all industries, including the early years sector - but self-employed childminders will not benefit from this new measure.
Please take two minutes to email your MP to speak out on this vital issue.
Email your MP asking them to ensure the 'coronavirus job retention scheme' will really work for nurseries and pre-schools
Last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that all businesses will be able to apply for grants to cover up to 80% of salaries of staff who are 'furloughed' - i.e. not working but kept on payroll - for three months during the coronavirus outbreak. However, for many childcare providers who are endeavouring to provide care for key worker families and vulnerable children during this period, the scheme is not flexible enough to enable them to stay open - for example, as it stands, staff aren't able to be 'unfurloughed' and 'refurloughed' to cover staff sickness and self-isolation as needed. In response to this, we've launched a new email your MP campaign for nurseries and pre-schools calling for this scheme to be applied flexibly for the childcare sector.
Please take two minutes to email your MP to speak out on your behalf in Parliament.
Letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak over lack of support for childcare sector
The Alliance has written to the Chancellor about the Treasury's lack of support for the childcare sector in his announcements on Tuesday 17 March.
Mr Sunak unveiled a raft of financial measures designed to support the leisure, retail and hospitality sectors during the coronavirus outbreak, without offering any new support for businesses in the childcare sector.
We've worked with the DfE on funded entitlement from local authorities
We worked with the DfE to ensure funding for the government's funded childcare offers will continue to be paid to local authorities during any closures related to the current coronavirus outbreak and that it expects local authorities to pass on the funding to providers.
The chancellor has since confirmed this.
Vicky Ford, children and families minister, added: "I want to thank all the early years practitioners who day-in and day-out do such an excellent job. I know these must be difficult times and I hope these announcements show that we are listening to their concerns and taking urgent action. I particularly want to thank the Early Years Alliance, the National Day Nurseries Association, and the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years for their engagement at this critical time."
Asked for Ofsted inspections to be paused
Ofsted has suspended routine inspections. The secretary of state has given permission for all routine inspections to be temporarily paused. The move comes shortly after the Alliance contacted chief inspector Amanda Spielman to ask for a temporary halt on inspections while early years settings deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
Written to heads of UK supermarkets about supplies for settings
The Alliance has written to the heads of the UK's major supermarket chains, asking them to support childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Supermarkets have been asked to ensure that providers have access to food and vital resources during widespread panic-buying in many stores.