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Petitions Committee calls for further clarity on safe singing in baby and toddler groups

29 April 2021

Petitions Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP has written to Minister for Children and Families Vicky Ford MP to ask for further clarity regarding guidance on safe singing in baby and toddler groups.

In the letter dated Tuesday 27 April, Catherine McKinnell asks the Minister to clarify recently updated Government guidance on how singing can take place safely in baby and toddler groups during the covid-19 pandemic.

This request for further information follows the Minister's response to an earlier letter from Catherine McKinnell calling for clarity on the original guidance, in light of concerns that it limited parents’ ability to take part in these activities. Some parents were worried that many young children might be less likely to take part in, or experience the full benefit of, these exercises without encouragement and participation from their parents.

Inquiry into the impact of covid-19 on maternity and parental leave

These letters follow the Committee’s inquiry and report on the impact of covid-19 on maternity and parental leave. The inquiry was prompted by a petition, with more than 238,000 signatures, which called for maternity leave to be extended in light of covid-19. The inquiry heard that parent, baby and toddler groups were vital for the mental health of new parents. In its landmark report, the Committee urged the Government to meet with the sector to ensure necessary support was received. The Committee also received a petition with more than 15,000 signatures calling for better clarity and support for the sector.

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