In January, Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), wrote to MP Vicky Ford, asking for nursery staff to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccinations and to provide testing kits to settings instead of expecting early years practitioners to travel to testing clinics.

MP Vicky Ford responded by praising all the hard work the early years sector is doing and adding that she understands that the early years sector needs more support especially during these difficult times.

The Children and Families Minister also mentioned the significance of community asymptomatic testing, adding that she understands that travelling to testing centres might not be practical for early years staff, thus asking local authorities to prioritise childcare settings.

She said: “We will continue to work with other government departments to meet the needs of the sector and explore viable testing options used in other education settings.”

MP Vicky Ford added that the vaccination committee is vaccinating people of age and medical conditions first, but then she continued:

“The department is working with the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England to ensure that the education and childcare workforce is considered for prioritisation in the roll out of the vaccine.”

You can read the full letter here: Letter from Vicky Ford MP 28012021

You can read the whole story here: https://www.ndna.org.uk/NDNA/News/Latest_news/2021/Minister_responds_to_NDNA_regarding_testing_and_vaccinations.aspx

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