13/05/22 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 13/05/22.

News: Cost of delivering childcare will be out of reach for many providers – Nursery Management Today

9 May 2022.  The Bank of England has issued fresh warnings that the UK is approaching a “sharp economic slowdown” this year as it raises interest rates:

Link: https://nmt-magazine.co.uk/cost-of-delivering-childcare-will-be-out-of-reach-for-many-providers/

Speech: Child Issues – They Work For You.com

11 May 2022. Baroness Floella Benjamin’s speech on child issues in the debate on the Queen’s Speech:

Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2022-05-11a.29.1&s=obesity#g59.0

Transparency data: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision – Department for Education

12 May 2022.  A summary of the delivery of commitments in the transforming children and young people’s mental health provision green paper:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision

Press release: Increased mental health support for children and young people –

Department for Education, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Department of Health and Social Care, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

12 May 2022. £10 million to extend senior mental health lead training to reach more schools and colleges:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/increased-mental-health-support-for-children-and-young-people

Official Statistics: Hospital tooth extractions of 0 to 19 year olds 2021 – Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

10 May 2022. Episodes of children being admitted to hospital for tooth extractions from 2018 to 2021:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hospital-tooth-extractions-of-0-to-19-year-olds-2021

Article: Just 50 care leavers end up at top universities – that ought to be a national scandal – Cap X

10 May 2022, Frank Young.  Later this year we will all be entertained by the annual performative virtue signalling of top tier universities telling us that their coveted courses are stuffed full of the state school children from poor homes, the selection algorithm having deleted any applicant with the letters e-t-o-n in the wrong order:

Link: https://capx.co/just-50-care-leavers-end-up-at-top-universities-that-ought-to-be-a-national-scandal/

News: More than 2m adults in UK cannot afford to eat every day, survey finds – Guardian Online

9 May 2022, Patrick Butler.  One in seven adults estimated to be food-insecure, up 57% from January, owing to rising cost of living:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/may/09/more-than-2m-adults-in-uk-cannot-afford-to-eat-every-day-survey-finds

Article: ‘Coming to England’: Paulette Hamilton reviews an uplifting musical depiction of Baroness Benjamin’s life story – Politics Home

6 May 2022, Paulette Hamilton.  “An important and thought-provoking production, this engaging musical charting Baroness Benjamin’s childhood experiences, after emigrating from Trinidad to England in the 60s, resonated for both me and many members of the audience”:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/coming-to-england-paulette-hamilton-reviews-an-uplifting-musical-depiction-of-baroness-benjamins-life-story

Transparency data: Absence and attainment at key stages 2 and 4: 2018 to 2019 – Department for Education

6 May 2022. Attainment of pupils at the end of key stage 2 and key stage 4, for the academic year 2018 to 2019, by levels of absence:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/absence-and-attainment-at-key-stages-2-and-4-2018-to-2019

Article: Thousands of parents and childcare staff back petitions against PM’s plans to relax ratios – Nursery World

5 May 2022, Katy Morton.  Parents and childcare providers in their tens of thousands have condemned the Government’s plans to cut the number of staff required to care for children in early years settings:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/thousands-of-parents-and-childcare-staff-back-petitions-against-pm-s-plans-to-relax-ratios

News: Scores of safeguarding complaints at after-school clubs – BBC News Online

5 May 2022, Nigel Titheradge.  Dozens of allegations of safeguarding failures in after-school clubs – including assaults, neglect and sexual abuse – have been uncovered by BBC News:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61325477

News: Children with special educational needs being ‘denied an education’ due to funding crisis – ITV News Online

28 April 2022, Sarah Corker. Article on the growing financial black hole faced by English councils and how it is leaving children with special educational needs without the help they need:

Link: https://www.itv.com/news/2022-04-28/children-with-special-educational-needs-denied-education-due-to-funding-crisis

Article: New DfE research emphasises the impact of Covid on early years sector – Nursery World

29 April 2022, Katy Morton.  Three new reports from the Department for Education outline how childcare settings across the country have been impacted by the pandemic, staffing challenges and sustained Government underfunding:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/new-dfe-research-emphasises-the-impact-of-covid-on-early-years-sector