Local authorities must take seriously the pending crisis facing early childhood education and care (ECEC). There may soon be insufficient early childhood education and care places available to meet parental demand. Across publicly funded maintained settings and the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) settings, we are fast reaching a tipping point.
Local government has a crucial role to play in the delivery of a sustainable future. The Improvement Service recently recruited a new position to lead on climate change by engaging the local government community and building new partnerships and collaborations. Judi Kilgallon gives her initial reflections on the drive for action and how the Improvement Service…
Finland’s approach to tackling the infodemic – the first line of defence is the kindergarten teacher
This briefing charts the Finnish education system, outlines fundamentals, and explores how this combats Covid-19 misinformation. The Finnish approach to education and media literacy might serve as a lesson for the rest of the world on how to navigate the infodemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have resulted in significant change and challenge for the early education and childcare sector in England. Drawing on the most recent government and sector evidence, this briefing examines how the impact of Covid-19 on the operation of all provision, levels of child attendance, the workforce and provider finances, business…
Jobs and more jobs underpins the National Economic Plan 2021, through solid public finances, resilient business and ‘smarter’ and greener regional development. What does this mean for local government in Ireland?
Councils are finding imaginative ways of working with communities to make better use of local skills and assets to promote employment and re-invigorated neighbourhoods during recovery. This briefing includes background, case studies and links to further support to help councils support employment and better places to live post-Covid.
As the vaccine rollout continues across the UK and countries begin to open up further, much of recent think tank output has been focused on recovery and rebuilding from the Covid-19 pandemic. However, many issues exacerbated by the pandemic were already existent prior, and much of recent output discusses this. The LGiU think tank review…
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted all sections of society and exposed its fault lines, particularly in education systems across the world. This briefing focuses on the lessons being learned from the pandemic and looks at four international and three UK-based reports on the future of education.
Officers at Waltham Forest share their insights from developing new ways of working with the community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Janet Sillett, LGIU’s Head of Briefings, writes on the government’s failure to clearly communicate with local government regarding Covid-19 guidance and around vaccines, as well as a lack of local involvement and accountability from central government.