Welsh libraries to introduce Click and Collect service

Many of Wales’ local authorities are now embarking on the first phase of resuming library services – with a Click and Collect service.

Leeds Council introduces 'School Streets' pilot

The Leeds School Streets pilot scheme has launched, with up to six Leeds primary schools taking part.

Childcare sector in England at risk of collapse

The Early Years Alliance has warned that the future of the early years and childcare sector is at risk in England.

NGOs call for urgent implementation of ‘School Streets’

Ten NGOs have called on councils to make walking and cycling safer for children when they travel to and from school.

Future of early years providers uncertain, says LGA

Additional funding is needed to support all early years providers if enough childcare places are to be available for families who need them.

New cultural taskforce risks losing local voice

The LGA has warned that excluding councils from the newly created Cultural Renewal Taskforce removes the local voice on cultural renewal.

Social workers to work with teachers in schools

Gavin Williamson has announced that social workers will be placed in schools to work with teachers to support children at risk.

Devastating impact of coronavirus on children’s services

Local authority children’s services have been reduced to crisis-driven firefighting as a result of years of under investment.

Experts call for £1 billion Youth Guarantee

The government must act immediately to tackle the fastest spike in unemployment on record or risk permanent damage to our economy.

£37m to support children with complex needs

Children with special educational needs and disabilities in England will benefit from £37.3 million of direct support in 2020-21.

Educational gaps are growing during lockdown

Children from better-off households are spending more time on educational activities than children from the poorest fifth of households.

Wales pledges £5m for mental health in schools

Kirsty Williams has announced £3.75 million of funding for mental health in schools that will include new support for children under the age of 11.

Young people need more support during lockdown

New research has revealed that many indicators of poor mental health and well-being are amplified in young people during lockdown.

Councillors call for free school meals during holidays

Councillors across England have written to the government calling for free school meals to be provided over the half-term and summer breaks.

Pressure growing for clarification for when playgrounds can re-open

The government should set out the phase in which a return to children’s outdoor play in playgrounds will be considered.

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