Providers will be aware that yesterday (Monday 22nd February) in the House of Commons, Boris Johnson set out the UK Government’s roadmap out of lockdown restrictions in England.
His statement is supported by a more detailed document called Covid-19 Response – Spring 2021 which can be found on the Gov.Uk website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021
The roadmap is a 4 step plan, with a definitive date of 8 March for the first step when all schoolchildren in England are due to return to school.
The remaining steps are given provisional dates and a visual summary of the steps is below (taken from the Gov.Uk publication)
From the above images, providers will be able to see that the provisional date given for outdoor organised sports activities and outdoor parent and child groups (limited group numbers) to be able to resume is the 29 March 2021. The provisional date for all children’s activities including indoor parent and child groups to resume is the 12th April 2021, with group numbers limited to 15 (children under 5 do not count in the numbers)
Restrictions on other events and limitations on group and gathering numbers are to be then further lifted in Steps 3 and 4.
The roadmap states that at Step 2 when indoor parent and child groups and activities can resume with restricted numbers, the rules on social contact and household mixing will remain in force. Providers planning for a return to face to face delivery at this stage will therefore need to ensure that they have the necessary Covid safety measures in place and ensure that households remain distanced and apart. Measures such as face masks may also be required, depending on individual circumstances. Providers will need to carry out full risk assessments in light of their situation, setting and circumstances.
This roadmap should provide positive news for members and providers by providing a framework of dates to work towards. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the CAA has worked hard on behalf of its members to raise awareness of the huge challenges facing our sector and to lobby government for recognition of the huge importance of children’s activities for the health and mental wellbeing for children, young people and their families. We are therefore incredibly pleased to see that the government has recognised this and has specifically mentioned activities for children in the roadmap.
We know that there will be more challenging times for our members ahead as we move towards physical reopenings and the CAA is committed to supporting you through it, with ongoing support and knowledge sharing. This week we have our weekly CAA members support chat on Wednedsay at 11am which will be a great opportunity to chat through future plans with fellow providers and share advice. Then on Thursday we have a Q and A session about how to use awards to grow your business. Both sessions can be booked by emailing Julia - firstname.lastname@example.org. We also continue to accept applications for our Accountability Buddy scheme open to CAA members.
Over the past year we’ve faced so much together as an industry, but it certainly feels like the brighter times are now on the horizon. If you’d like more information about becoming a CAA member and the help and support we can offer as well as all of the member benefits then please contact email@example.com.
Together we are stronger