Voice welcomes publication of scientific evidence and calls for early years guidance

Voice welcomes decision to publish scientific advice to the Government, and calls for DfE to publish delayed early years guidance .

Voice has welcomed the publication of the scientific advice and information to the Government, but called for the Department for Education (DfE) to publish the delayed guidance for early years settings.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We welcome the decision to publish the full scientific advice and information.

“Voice been calling for the scientific evidence on which the Government’s decisions have been made to be published in full.

“As I stated in my latest letter to the Education Secretary (pdf), Voice members deserve to have this information to reassure them.

“This is an issue of trust and confidence. The education workforce needs to be able to trust, and have confidence in, the Government’s decision-making.

“Many local authorities are now saying they will not open their schools more widely because of higher R rates and other local conditions.

"Voice believes there must be a local approach to wider opening of schools.  Local authorities are best placed to advise on local conditions and the capacity of the local education and health services.

“We also urge the Government to ensure the promised track and trace testing system is fully in place by 1 June, and to publish the delayed guidance for the early years.

“Once again, it seems the early years sector is lower down the Government’s priorities than schools, despite its key role and the expectation of wider opening from 1 June."

Update on early years guidance (24 May 2020)

Further information

Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE): Coronavirus (COVID-19) response  (22 May 2020)

Interdisciplinary Task and Finish Group on the Role of Children in Transmission: Modelling and behavioural science responses to scenarios for relaxing school closures  (pdf)

The DfE published its Overview of scientific information on coronavirus (COVID-19) on 15 May 2020.

The DfE's Early years and childcare planning guidance (24 May 2020)


FAQs (including Planning for Re-Opening).

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