By Anne O'Connor, Nursery World, December 21, 2020
While some tabloids have been screaming that children have ‘gone backwards’ in their learning and development during the pandemic, it has also being said that our youngest children have bounced back easily into school and nursery, despite all the changes to their provision. This seems to be proof to many that babies and young children are hardy, resilient and ‘coping fine’ – so, we needn’t worry about them?
Head teachers, managers and practitioners have also commented with a degree of surprise at how easily many children have returned to the setting, with apparently no ill-effects or need for prolonged settling, despite changes to staffing and familiar routines.
Reflective practitioners have found themselves asking the question, ‘Does this mean that all our principled efforts to ensure children forge strong relationships with familiar key people and routines were not actually so important after all?’