Nicola Sturgeon said to rethink the ban on nursery diplomas for parents
NICOLA Sturgeon was urged to rethink and let parents attend nursery graduation ceremonies.
The events will start taking place this week, but parents are told they can’t attend even when graduation is socially remote and out of place.
Scottish Labor wants the first minister to change her mind and let parents attend after Scottish Children’s Commissioner Bruce Adamson joins the National Day Nurseries Association and others in calling for guidance to be revised.
Labor wants Ms Sturgeon to announce a change tomorrow.
Covid Health and Recovery Party spokeswoman Jackie Baillie spoke about the case of her constituent, Emma Gildea, 32, who was banned from attending her daughter’s graduation ceremony. four years old, Remy.
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Ms Gildea said: ‘I feel like the Scottish government has completely let my family down – it was the only chance my husband and I would have had to see them together at the crèche.
“We worked so hard during the pandemic to keep our family safe and to follow all guidelines, only one of us dropping off Remy on day one was heartbreaking.
“How can we tell our children that we are no longer allowed to attend the graduation ceremony they have trained so much for, but in the meantime there are 6,000 fans in the UEFA fanzone?”
“It is absolutely unacceptable and there is no logic in it. Please, Nicola leave this moment to parents and children after a difficult year.
Ms Baillie warned that “people really don’t understand the Scottish government’s inconsistency”.
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She added: “How safe is it to allow 6,000 fans to come together in Glasgow, but no social distancing graduation ceremonies for parents and children?
“These rules rely on public trust to work, but these apparent inconsistencies make it harder for people to understand why they are being asked not to do certain things.
“This is why Scottish Labor is asking Nicola Sturgeon to change these rules immediately and give parents back that little moment of hope after 18 very difficult months.
“If she refuses, the least the public deserves is the detailed scientific rationale as to why social distancing alcohol consumption is safe but social distancing applause is unacceptable.”
Scottish Tory MP Meghan Gallacher has written to the Prime Minister asking for the guidelines to be revised after speaking to angry parents.
Ms Gallacher’s appeal includes that nursery / school graduation ceremonies and sports days only allowed outdoors, suggests events could be limited to small groups of parents in attendance, health experts public determining the specific number.
His letter adds that if it is deemed necessary for the events to take place, participants may be required to continue to wear face masks outdoors.
Any participant able to take a Covid test beforehand could be invited to do so.
According to plans, if a large number of parents wish to attend, the events could be staggered with allocated time slots, potentially over several days, offered to parents so that they can watch their child participate or receive their certificate.
Ms Gallacher, Conservative spokesperson for children and youth, said: “Parents and children have missed a number of precious moments that they will not find over the past year. When the immunization program is so successful, they shouldn’t have to miss it anymore.
“Holidays like graduation ceremonies and sports days are precious moments and key parts of a child’s development. ”
She added: “Parents and guardians are understandably furious that if 6,000 people can attend the Euro fan zone, their children will miss a little party. The inconsistency in direction is the root of the problem. ‘a real frustration.
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“Many graduation ceremonies have already been canceled and others are in danger of being abandoned or taking place without parental involvement.
“In an attempt to save these events, I wrote to Nicola Sturgeon with suggested revisions to the guidelines, which could easily be introduced immediately.
“I urge the Prime Minister to reconsider and adopt these suggestions, for the benefit of parents, guardians and young people across the country.”
Last week Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney told MSPs that the guidelines meant that parents “would generally not currently be allowed” to attend nurseries or kindergartens.
He added: “Obviously, this advice is available to local authorities and through the work that is being undertaken in the Education Recovery Group.
“A number of early learning and child care settings offer other ways to celebrate these milestone moments that do not involve groups of parents coming together in settings. ”