UK Salford council nurseries close to all but key worker and vulnerable kids last minute news
MetiNews.Com - The move is against government guidance to keep early years settings open
Breaking News ! Council-run nurseries in Salford have closed to all but key worker and vulnerable children amid growing concerns over Covid. The move, which goes against government advice to keep early years settings open to all children, comes after an agreement between Salford City Council and public service union Unison. Only yesterday, speaking at an education select committee meeting, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, said there was 'no intention' to close them and that the government had 'not received any contrary advice' to suggest that was necessary. The nurseries involved are Barton Moss Nursery in Eccles, Higher Broughton Nursery, Winton Nursery, Belvedere Nursery in Pendleton and Little Hulton Nursery. Salford council and Unison issued a statement last night to say the change would take effect today, Thursday, leaving some working parents struggling to find alternative childcare at short notice. Read More Related Articles Teachers will be 'top priority' for Covid vaccine in next wave Read More Related Articles Mayor Andy Burnham 'appalled, shocked and sickened' by free school meal parcels given to families They said the decision had 'not been taken lightly' and that they 'understand the inconvenience this will cause for some families'. The statement said: "However, given the developments around Covid-19 it is vital that we put the health and safety of staff, children and their families first. Little Hulton Nursery has closed to all but vulnerable and key worker children (Image: Google Maps) "We jointly call upon the government to ensure a clear and consistent message across all early years settings and to take the same decision we have felt it necessary to take in Salford, over the nurseries that are under our direct management." Do you have a child at one of the nurseries affected? How do you feel about them closing to all but vulnerable and key worker children? Let us know in the comments here, or shareyour views on our Manchester Family Facebook page.
. A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Early years settings remain low risk environments for children and staff and there is no evidence that the new variant of coronavirus disproportionately affects young children." Since then - and with infection rates still rising - there have been calls for them and for special schools to only open to those essential groups.
The statement from Salford City Council and Unison
(Image: Salford City Council)
Gavin Williamson yesterday defended his decision to keep nurseries open, saying that many families 'rely' on early years education services. “Like you, I always want to see all education settings open all the time,” he said. “I always want to be in a position to ensure that every child can go to school and, as you’ll be aware, transmissibility among those who are youngest is very low compared to all of the settings.
“So, when you’re in a position to keep part of the education system open in the early years I believe it was the right decision to make because so many families really rely on that nursery provision. "Those early years are so important.” Salford council says all parents affected by the decision have been written with details on how alternative provision can be found if required.