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Landmark mental health survey launches

By Rachel Lawler

Alliance launches mental health survey
The Alliance has launched a landmark survey on mental health in the early years sector.
 
The online survey is open to everyone in the sector, asking them to share their views on what impact, if any, working in the early years has had on their stress levels and mental wellbeing.
 
Minds matter
The results of the survey will be revealed at the Alliance’s annual conference, which will take place on Friday 1 June this year. The event will focus on mental health and the wellbeing of both children and practitioners in the early years sector.
 
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, commented: “As a society, we’re more open than ever about talking about mental health – and rightly so.
 
“And yet, while much research has been done on the impact of working in the primary and secondary education sectors, and in particular, the impact of workload on the mental health of teachers in recent years, there has to date been very little focus on how working in the early years sector can affect practitioners’ mental health and wellbeing.
 
Increasing stress
“Underfunding, Ofsted inspections, high workload and poor pay are just some of the challenges facing the early years workforce today – and while it is of course vital to continue campaigning on a sector-wide basis on issues of concern, we at the Alliance believe it is equally important that the needs of individual practitioners, and the impact that working conditions in the sector may be having on their mental and emotional wellbeing, aren’t overlooked.
 
“As such, we hope that this landmark survey will prompt a long overdue discussion on what it a vital issue, and we are encouraging as many practitioners as possible to take part.”
 
Take part
The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MindsMatter18 and will close at 5pm on Friday 11 May. All individual responses will be completely anonymous and confidential.
 
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