Speaking in the House of Lords today about the Government’s priorities for the year ahead, the Queen said, ‘Measures will be brought forward to ensure that children have the best start in life, prioritising their early years. My ministers will address lost learning during the pandemic and ensure every child has a high-quality education and is able to fulfil their potential.’

The background briefing notes to the Queen’s Speech 2021 states the Government is:

  • Delivering on its manifesto commitment to roll out Family Hubs, which bring services together.
  • Encouraging all local authorities to publish a clear Start for Life offer for parents and carers, showing families what support they can expect to receive during the 1,001 critical days, published on 25 March 2021.
  • Designing digital, virtual and telephone services around the needs of families with babies, including digitising the Personal Child Health Record – commonly known as the Red Book – by April 2023.
  • Developing a modern, skilled workforce to meet the changing needs of families with babies, looking at new ways to support, train and retain skilled professionals.
  • Implementing a wide range of policies to improve child health including a childhood obesity plan, transformation of children’s mental health and maternity services.
  • Putting together a package of measures to ensure no child is left behind as result of the education and extracurricular activities they may have missed out on.

Source Nursery World

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