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During the pandemic, babies and young children have been impacted in a number of different ways. Some childcare settings have been forcibly shut, some experienced severe staff shortages, some families haven’t felt safe for their children to be in childcare arrangements, and some families simply could not longer afford to send them in.

Whatever the pandemic brought, it is clear that our youngest children have been affected. As schools and early years settings start to re-open, it is an important opportunity for early years workers to start planning for how they may be able to help oil the wheels of this important transition, and make it as stress free for young children as possible.

Our Early Years in Mind team have put together this advice and guidance to help early years workers to start planning now for how they may be able to help oil the wheels of this important transition, and make it as stress free for young children as possible.

This guide was updated in March 2021.

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