Think about childcare before opening up business

Please please please don't force working parents out of their jobs by saying to business it's ok to reopen before childcare is open.

Until you're opening childminders and private nurseries etc at least one parent will be kept away from the workforce. The financial.impacr of that is huge and it has a knock on effect to mental health.

Think about the bigger picture.

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Parents should not have to lose their jobs because they have kids to care for. If our employees want us back before childcare is open that's the reality for many and it's unfair. Especially when you consider *some* of the evidence regarding childcare setting and virus transmission

by Lstewart on May 09, 2020 at 10:38PM

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  • Posted by Sarahj May 10, 2020 at 09:38

    Until staff who work in childcare are certain that they can get correct PPE and the ability to socially distance from each other (ratios mean lots of staff work within nurseries are rightly so) this cannot just happen. It will also take a long time to settle in a nursery full of children, it won’t just be doors open you can drop your children off
  • Posted by Lawmonkey May 10, 2020 at 10:47

    Schools and nurseries are not babysitting services, they are education establishments. Now more than ever people should be appreciating what they are for when they are experiencing home learning. Certain jobs will be far safer to return to before schools can return. Parents should have back up plans in place for all eventualities.
  • Posted by Lstewart May 10, 2020 at 11:37

    Sorry "law monkey" but you're only half right.

    Nurseries for children not receiving the government entitlement of 16h free quite literally are providing a "babysitting service." They are not required to be there by law as school kids are and they are not receiving home learning like school kids are.

    What "backup plans" do you expect parents to have when the childcare they replied upon before is now unavailable? Should parents of pre-school age children just quit their jobs and lose their homes??
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