JUSTICE FOR EARLY YEARS

JUSTICE FOR EARLY YEARS

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Marisa Harman started this petition to Everyone

Today Monday 4th January 2021, Boris made an announcement to the British public.

In his statement he explained schools will be closing to reduce the risk of the new variant that is spreading 50-75% faster than it was in March 2020. Not only is there the variant that started within the uk Matt Hancock has also expressed his concern with the new variant that is spreading from South Africa.

With that being said the decision has been made to keep early years settings open. But why? Nursery workers have a lot more close contact with children than school teachers do, we care for and cuddle the children we look after when they fall over and graze their knees, bump their heads or just generally feeling poorly. We don’t have the option to not keep ourself at least a meter away from the children, we wipe snotty noses and wipe away tears.

When a child displayed symptoms of covid we do not have PPE to protect ourselves and we have to remain with that child.

We have no PPE equipment to protect ourselves or our families at home.

Unlike schools who have 1 teacher and sometimes a teaching assistant to 30 children, us early years workers have to make sure we are in ratio at all times; babies 1:3 meaning if there are 9 babies we need 3 staff in one room which is difficult to social distance. Toddlers 1:4 and pre school 1:8 unless QTS (Qualified teacher status) then 1:13.

For me, I feel us as childcare workers across all grounds - nurseries, childminders, nannies, pre schools and so on have been let down.

We want early years settings to be treated the same as schools, we should not be being treated differently as our lives are just as important as teachers. 

If you believe that early years should be treated the same as schools during a difficult time like this then please sign this petition to show your support. Many thanks.

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