This week The Duchess of Cambridge launched The Royal Foundation for Early Childhood; and nursery teachers have been recognised as pandemic heroes on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

 

The Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden call for a fundamental shift in the approach to early years

In the same week that the Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden, wrote a joint article on the importance of early childhood, (read more about this in Inews), The Duchess of Cambridge launched The Royal Foundation for Early Childhood. The centre has been launched to raise awareness of the importance of early years and drive action to support the transformation of society for generations to come.

Coinciding with the launch, the Centre has published its inaugural report, Big Change Starts Small, which sets out recommendations on how all aspects of society can contribute positively and make a difference on this important issue. These recommendations echo many of the values promoted within the Montessori approach.

We hope the launch of this centre will be an important step to encourage the government and policymakers to consider their role in supporting the sector and young children. Find out more about the launch here, and our response here.

 

Nursery teachers recognised as heroes of the pandemic

Nursery teachers across the country are among the pandemic heroes recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021, reports Day Nurseries. One of those honoured, nursery schoolteacher, Sarah Thompson, said, “I’m feeling absolutely shocked and delighted.”

Congratulations to all three nursery teachers who have been honoured with an MBE.

 

Ministers aware of underfunding for early years for years

This week Ofsted revealed that over 2,500 early years settings and childcare providers have closed in England in just five months. According to Government statistics, the majority of providers which were forced to close this year were childminders, with numbers dropping by 1,349. Read more in Nursery World.

On the same day, it was reported in The Guardian that documents uncovered during a two-year investigation, showed an awareness that insufficient investment would result in higher prices for parents of younger children, and that early years settings would be forced to maximise child-adult ratios to stay afloat.

 

Should children get the vaccine?

Experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation have advised the government against the mass-rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination to children until there is more data on the risks. The Telegraph reports that scientists want to see more data from the US and elsewhere before taking a firm stance either way. The Guardian also reports that vaccination experts are not planning to recommend Covid-19 jabs for children, and instead are calling for the doses to go to people elsewhere in the world.