Baby and Toddler groups to be recognised as essential through all lockdown tiers

Baby and Toddler groups to be recognised as essential through all lockdown tiers

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Lauren Painter started this petition to Scottish Government

I have started this petition for parents across Scotland, to allow Baby and Toddler groups to continue within ALL tiers (0-4) of COVID 19 and recognised as essential.

After giving birth to my daughter in March 2020 just a few weeks before lockdown hit, my exciting vision of becoming a first time mum was changed dramatically. Health visitor visits were limited, my family who lived all over the UK were unable to visit their granddaughter, we were forced to maintain at a 2 meter distance at all times from close friends and any indoor activities were forced to close, including baby and toddler groups.

Like many other mums, this soon began to make me feel extremely isolated and in turn, made my daughter used to only me and her father having had little to no close contact with any friends or family.

As lockdown began to ease, things began to reopen and we were finally able to join a baby group locally. My daughter was able to see other babies for the first time and I felt I was giving my daughter that socialisation she needed.

This however was abruptly stopped due to the continued changes in the lockdown tiers and baby and toddler groups were not seen as 'essential' within the highest tier 4 group, despite schools and other less essential retail establishments remaining open.

I'm asking for help from other parents alike to help raise awareness of just how important these baby and toddler groups are to our little ones for both socialising and development. They are a lifeline for us mums who have no close family or friends with children of similar age to help our youngsters interact and learn about the world. 

Please sign this petition to make Baby and Toddler groups an ESSENTIAL business/activity within ALL tiers (0-4) and allowed to remain open within Scotland the same as elsewhere in the UK.

Thank you!

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