Early years heroes thanked for caring role during coronavirus crisis

Nursery staff, childminders and staff at after school clubs in Trafford have been thanked for their role in saving lives and stopping the spread of coronavirus.

Trafford Council leader Andrew Western praised the Early Years and childcare practitioners who are still looking after the children of key workers and vulnerable children during the current lockdown.

In a video address, Cllr Western said:

On behalf of the whole of Trafford, I would like to thank all of our early years carers – our nursery staff and childminders.

By looking after the children of key workers like our doctors and nurses, you are making a massive difference and you are helping to save lives.

Your kindness, gentleness and patience during these difficult times are a great example and a rainbow of hope to everyone looking to deal with this crisis. Thank you.”

The practitioners have been working with the children, producing rainbow artwork to thank medical staff and other essential workers for all they are doing during the coronavirus crisis.

Cllr Western added:

The Early Years practitioners are themselves critical workers. When we clap for carers, we should remember the work they are doing alongside all our other critical workers who are doing so much to provide key services for the people who need our support.”

Pictures of the carers with the artwork have been turned into a video by Trafford Council as another way of thanking the Early Years practitioners for their efforts. The Council is also posting the pictures on social media alongside a message of thanks in recognition of the care they are providing.

The video also contains thanks from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham; Trafford Council’s Corporate Director of Children’s Services, Jill McGregor; and Karen Samples, Trafford Council’s Director Education Standards, Quality and Performance. To view the video visit the Trafford Children's Services YouTube channel.

Posted on Thursday 7th May 2020