Maccs Pescatore, CEO of Montessori Centre International, has written to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Health, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 vaccine and the Secretary of State for Education regarding MCI’s support of the urgent prioritisation of the vaccination of all school and nursery teachers, teaching assistants and support staff.
Read her letter below.
Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP Prime Minister
10 Downing Street London
Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing as CEO of Montessori Centre International (MCI), provider of quality education (particularly Early Years) in the UK and internationally, to voice our support of the urgent prioritisation of the vaccination of all school and nursery teachers, teaching assistants and support staff to enable schools to reopen as soon as possible.
We strongly endorse the plan developed by a consortium of Britain’s schools, headmasters and headmistresses, to get the educational workforce, including support staff, inoculated over the February half-term week. This focused new vaccination prioritisation proposal, which would incur no cost for the Government, could help families cope better with the lockdown, preserve our children’s learning and mental health, and help to encourage the economy to restart. As has been noted by Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield, disadvantaged children will fall further behind the longer that schools are closed – to address this challenge must be a high priority for the nation.
Our recent Montessori poll showed that 82% of respondents thought that teachers should be prioritised for vaccination. This finding has been echoed by Early Years Alliance’s recent research, which revealed that half of nursery and childcare professionals did not feel safe at work.
We respectfully request that the government prioritise those working in early years for vaccinations, roll-out asymptomatic testing in these settings and introduce targeted funding for providers reliant on private income that have suffered from falls in parental demand. We need to get the nation’s children back to school, both for their own development and the economic wellbeing of the country.