One in three nurseries in Britain’s poorest areas may be forced to close for good because of Covid-19


ONE IN three nurseries in Britain’s poorest areas may be forced to close for good because of the devastating impact of Covid-19. 

The Sutton Trust study also found that half of parents think their kids have become less happy in the lockdown.

Nurseries in poorer areas face an uncertain future

The charity warned that unless early years providers get bailed out, many will close leaving parents “struggling” to find a spot for their child.

Sir Peter Lampl, boss of the Sutton Trust, said: “The first years of a child’s life are crucial for their development, both in terms of attainment and their social and emotional wellbeing. Access to high-quality early years education is key to this, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“The coronavirus crisis is having a devastating impact on the early years sector, with many nurseries and pre-schools facing closure.

“This will inevitably have a long-lasting impact on children’s early development. Parents will struggle to find a place for their child. This will affect their ability to go to work.

“Now is the time, when the world has been turned upside down, to prioritise support for children and families. Crucially the government must introduce a package of support to protect early years providers and enable them to stay solvent.”

A poll of 6,300 early years providers – including childminders and nurseries – found that 34 per cent of those in deprived areas side they expect to close in the next year.

In less deprived areas, a quarter – 24 per cent – said they expect to close.

Meanwhile, a separate survey of parents by the charity found that 35 per cent feel their child”s emotional wellbeing has been hurt by the lockdown.

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