Nottinghamshire praised for performing above national average in providing childcare throughout coronavirus pandemic
Nottinghamshire has bucked the national trend for providing childcare for young children through the pandemic, and during the national lockdown earlier this year, councillors were told.
The county has performed well above the national average in terms of the number of nurseries, preschools, and other early years settings that have remained open, or have reopened.
Between 56% and 58% of all early years settings remained open to children of critical workers and vulnerable children during the initial lockdown, which began in March, compared to the national average of 32% to 35%.
From June, between 56% and 73% had reopened by the end of the school summer term, compared to between 48% and 50% nationally.
The figures were shared in a survey report at the county council’s children and young people’s committee.
Schools, preschools, nurseries and childminders were able to access extra government funding during the lockdown and recovery period.