Shut all nurseries and early years settings during lockdown

Urgent call for the government to close all nurseries and early years settings in light of the new lockdown to protect early years staff.

This petition closed on 5 Jul 2021 with 103,176 signatures


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Recent Speeches related to Shut all nurseries and early years settings during lockdown

1. Early Years Settings: Covid-19
12/01/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: considered the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on early years settings.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link

2. Spring 2021 Covid-19 Road Map
22/03/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: changes to normal practice in order to support the new hybrid arrangements. Timings of debates have been - Speech Link
2: on an incredibly important issue: the easing of lockdown in the country. Collectively, the five petitions - Speech Link

3. Nurseries and Early Years Settings
03/12/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: some changes to normal practice to support the new call list system and to ensure that social distancing - Speech Link
2: House has considered the future of nurseries and early years settings.I thank the Backbench Business - Speech Link

4. Covid-19 Update
07/01/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: I share your gratitude to the House of Commons staff for all their efforts and hard work to allow us - Speech Link
2: about the measures we are taking to defeat this new variant of Covid-19, protecting our NHS while it - Speech Link
3: care home residents and staff, everyone over 70, all front-line NHS and care staff and all those who are - Speech Link

5. Oral Answers to Questions
18/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: do not feel that their voice is being heard by Government. Perhaps the greatest injustice of them all, - Speech Link
2: whether or not they have eaten. The Scottish Government are ensuring that no child is left hungry during - Speech Link
3: on helping schools to train staff to support not just pupils, but staff. I would be very happy to sit - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Shut all nurseries and early years settings during lockdown
1. Early Years Healthy Development Review
asked by: Sarah Olney
24/03/2021
... what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of expediting publication of the Early Years Healthy Development Review.

2. Early Years Healthy Development Review
asked by: Sarah Olney
24/03/2021
... what the Government's planned timeframe is for the publication of the Early Years Healthy Development Review.

3. Early Years Healthy Development Review
asked by: Geraint Davies
27/04/2021
... when the Cabinet Minister is planned to be appointed to oversee implementation of the agreed actions from the Early Years Healthy Development Review Report.

4. Early Years Healthy Development Review
asked by: Sarah Olney
10/06/2021
... whether the recommendations outlined in the Early Years Healthy Development Review are Government policy.

5. Early Years Healthy Development Review: Finance
asked by: Sarah Olney
25/05/2021
... what proportion of the funds needed to implement the recommendations in the early years Leadsom review have been secured.

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Government Response

Tuesday 26th January 2021

The wider restrictions in place as part of the national lockdown to contain the spread of the virus in the community enable us to continue prioritising keeping nurseries and early years settings open.


We continue to prioritise keeping early years settings open for three main reasons. Firstly early education gives children the communication and social skills which set them up for life. You cannot care for a very small child online and you can’t get those months back. Secondly, our PHE advice remains that young children are less susceptible to the virus and play a lower role in transmission, usually because young children have lower contact outside their household. And thirdly, the evidence at the moment is that the confirmed case rates of COVID amongst the very youngest children are the lowest of all age groups.

Keeping children and staff safe is our utmost priority. The reason schools have been restricted is not that they are unsafe but because additional measures are needed to contain the spread of the virus. The wider significant restrictions in place as part of the national lockdown to contain the spread of the virus in the community enable us to continue prioritising keeping nurseries and childminders open, supporting parents and delivering the crucial care and education needed for our youngest children.

Early years settings remain low risk environments for children and staff. Current evidence suggests that pre-school children (0<5 years) are less susceptible to infection and are unlikely to be playing a driving role in transmission. There is no evidence the new strain of the virus causes more serious illness in children and there is no evidence that the new variant of coronavirus (COVID-19) disproportionately affects young children.

PHE advice remains that the risk of transmission and infection is low if early years settings follow the system of controls, which reduce risks and create inherently safer environments.

Early years settings have been open to all children since 1 June 2020 and there is no evidence that the early years sector has contributed to a significant rise in virus cases within the community. Early modelling evidence from SAGE showed that early years provision had a smaller relative impact on transmission rate when modelled with both primary schools and secondary schools.

Early years childcare providers were one of the first sectors to have restrictions lifted last summer, in recognition of the key role they play in society. Childminders and nursery staff across the country have worked hard to keep settings open through the pandemic so that young children can be educated, and parents can work. The earliest years are the most crucial point of child development and attending early education lays the foundation for lifelong learning and supports children’s social and emotional development.

Department for Education


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