5:30am, wake up. 5:45am, drink a large cup of coffee. 6:15am, get ready for the day. 6:55am, leave home to get into the car. 7:10am, arrive at work. 7:30am children arrive.

6:00pm, day finished.

This is a typical day for a nursery practitioner, but I forgot one minor part.

The messy play, snack time, free flow play, lunch time, sleep time, many nappy changes, teatime, cuddles, tidying up, and a few tears (from the children, may I add), without forgetting a lot of coffee and a 30-minute lunch break.

Is this the same during a pandemic that has nearly been going for a year?

Well, yes. Just with a lot more sanitising, playing outside as much as possible, class bubbles, temperature checks and cleaning.

But why are the nurseries open when schools aren’t?

According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it is ‘very important’ to keep early years provision open for key workers.

Makes sense, because where are all the babies of frontline workers going to go?

However, the National Day Nurseries Association, the Early Years Alliance and the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) launched a campaign calling on the Government to protect the staff and settings within the early years provision.

They want the Government to provide extra funding for early years settings, mass testing for nursery staff and priority access to Covid-19 vaccinations for all early year’s workers.

The award-winning Holmsdale Manor Nursery School, one of the best rated Nursery Schools in Leicestershire, have gone above and beyond to ensure the children, as well as the staff remain as safe as possible during the pandemic without losing the ‘sense of home’ owner Janet Ward has worked tirelessly to achieve over 3 decades.

Kerrie Ison, a Practitioner at Holmsdale for over 18 years says it is all about ‘teamwork’ to make sure the working day goes smoothly.

‘We have our own bubbles according to rooms, and we do not mix with any other rooms other than our own.’

‘The others and I in the room all club together to make sure all the sanitising is done, as well as making sure the children are happy and having a fantastic time’

This goes without forgetting that these workers are working closely with other children from households, comforting them when they’re upset and rocking them to sleep, maybe putting their own health at risk.

It’s often that Nursery Practitioners get forgotten about in the midst of the Pandemic, but without them, many of the doctors, nurses, paramedics and frontline workers would not be able to go to work and save lives.