Published Monday, 8th February 2021
Sutton’s schools and early years settings have continued to meet the needs of the borough’s children and young people in new and innovative ways over the past half term.
As many prepare for the half term break in February, Sutton Council wants to highlight their efforts and offer a message of support to staff from across the sector who have gone above and beyond to provide such valuable and dynamic services to children and families.
In January, as cases of coronavirus increased, schools once again moved to online learning for all pupils except children of key workers or vulnerable children. Early years settings have remained open for all children.
The Council has continued to work closely with schools and education settings by offering advice and guidance wherever needed.
The pandemic has had a huge impact on those working in education settings with teachers and support staff quickly adapting to delivering classes online once again. Schools and early year settings have also worked hard to quickly implement changes to keep the children who are in school and their staff safe.
A team member from Jancett Childcare said;
‘I think even though we’re working further apart, it’s brought us together across the whole company and we’re much more aware of the impact our roles play in good outcomes for all.’
Councillor Marian James, Chair of the People Committee said;
“Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been the health and wellbeing of our children and young people - ensuring they get the best education and support possible, despite the challenges. I am incredibly proud of how our education community has stepped up and continued to innovate new ways of providing services, and of their tremendous effort to deliver learning in rapidly changing circumstances. I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to every member of the teaching and support staff who have all worked tirelessly to deliver classes at a very difficult and challenging time.
“I also recognise this is a testing time for our parents in the borough, juggling work and/or care commitments, alongside homeschooling. Again, thanks to our schools and early years settings for providing tools and support to parents and thanks to parents for your continued commitment to provide home schooling during these turbulent times.”
For more information on the support offered by the London Borough of Sutton and its partners, please visit the Children, Schools and Families web pages containing a wealth of resources to help families.