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Keeping nurseries open helps in the fight against inequality but ignores a low-paid and anxious workforce

By Kate Hoskins, Reader in Education, Brunel University London
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The current lockdown in England has seen schools closed, but – in a notable shift from the first lockdown in March 2020 – nurseries and other venues looking after young children have been told by the government to keep their doors open. To understand this decision, we need to look at the role and status of the sector.

Early years education has long been associated with low pay and extended working hours for its staff.…

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