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Tees Valley and North Yorkshire nursery beats national average for early years provision during COVID crisis

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Alice McCullagh, director of Rosedene

Rosedene, which operates throughout Tees Valley and North Yorkshire, is caring for significantly more vulnerable children and children of key workers than the national average during the coronavirus lockdown.

National early years market research agency, Ceeda, recently released its first bulletin of the COVID-19 data portal. The results revealed that 33% of nurseries and pre-schools have remained open throughout the lockdown. The highest recorded headcount was 32 key worker children and the median was four. This is an ongoing project, supported by the National Early Years Alliance.

Rosedene has a total of 75 children, including 12 vulnerable youngsters, across its four childcare hubs, situated in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Northallerton and Saltburn.

All four nurseries have been continuously ahead of the daily mean and average headcount, with the Middlesbrough hub caring for 32 children and supporting who are vulnerable.


The nurseries have been offering 24-hour care for those who need it, ensuring that key workers can attend nightshifts without additional childcare concerns.

Alice McCullagh, director of Rosedene, said: “We are delighted that Rosedene Nurseries is so far ahead of the national average in caring for vulnerable children and children of key workers. As a North East care provider, we are incredibly pleased to set a great example for the rest of the country.

“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our staff, who continue to provide an exceptional service to designated key worker parents at a time when they need us the most.

“We will not be resting on our laurels. Our numbers continue to increase as we look towards even more positive times ahead and contributing to the continuing conversation about reopening schools in the future.”

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