Voice: The Union for Education Professionals has commented on the Sutton Trust’s coronavirus impact brief on the early years and report examining the impact of the 30 hours childcare policy on social mobility. The Trust’s research has found that many nurseries are facing permanent closures due to financial difficulties exacerbated by the crisis, and that parents are worried about the impact of lockdown on young children’s social and emotional development.
General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:
“The Trust’s research highlights both the key importance of the early years to children, family and the economy, and the serious threat to the sector and those who work in it from the impact of COVID-19.
“We already had grave concerns about the economic fragility of the sector and the pressures on the dedicated but low paid staff who work in it.
“The closure of nurseries, and loss to the sector of the skilled professionals who support parents, would have a serious impact on families, particularly those in low paid employment, which would also be a huge blow to economic recovery.
“The Government must act now with both immediate financial support and long-term investment to save the childcare sector.”
Sutton Trust: Covid-19 Impacts: Early Years
Companion report, Getting the Balance Right