Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has responded to a new report from the Anna Freud Centre that revealed a significant number of nursery practitioners have been working with children with challenging emotional and behavioural needs.
The Anna Freud centre reported that they surveyed more than 900 UK nursery staff during the last 3 months of 2020 and discovered that many practitioners have been supporting children who were affected by trauma or abuse, substance misuse and bereavement.
Purnima Tanuku said: “The results of this survey clearly show the range of challenges practitioners are facing. They are seeing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic and numerous lockdowns are having on our youngest children first hand and dealing with the difficulties. “
Purnima further elaborated by saying “Practitioners are extremely knowledgeable and can spot issues children are having early on. Research has repeatedly proven that a child’s early years are of paramount importance in preparing them for later life. The vast majority of nurseries have risen to the challenge and are supporting children well but they all need to be supported in order to continue educating and caring for children. To support children and families, settings need to be able to remain open and sustainable, allowing children to experience some ‘normality’ during these challenging times. It is vital that early years workers are also backed with priority access to the vaccination programme and at-home testing. “
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