For the last 48 hours since the government announcement we have been digesting and monitoring the news. Last night we were informed that there had been lobbying going on and that the government were potentially reviewing the guidelines and that baby and toddler classes could continue as face-to-face classes. These guidelines haven’t yet been issued and we are awaiting confirmation.
Having said that, after a time of deep reflection and collective discussion, we at MBB have made the decision that we will be moving our classes back online. Here’s why. We have now reached 1,000,000 cases of COVID-19 in the UK. Nearly 20,000 in the last 2 weeks. The official death rate is almost 47,000.
Even within our own MBB network we have had teachers and parents in our classes lose loved ones to COVID-19. We have parents in our classes who have had to shield since March and have been attending our ‘face-to-face’ classes live streamed from home.
The purpose of a national lockdown is so that we can beat this pandemic. Alongside our community classes, our work is dedicated to supporting and training the NHS. We see and feel the pressure and stress staff are under first-hand. For that reason and for the health and safety of YOU and your families, we are therefore CHOOSING to remain online. Is this the easy option? Absolutely not. We are a small company and our MBB Teachers like so many businesses are struggling to survive. There will be other class providers who will be running classes. We may lose out. But feel we have to do what’s right. We need to stand in solidarity with the countless families, individuals and businesses who are all having to make sacrifices.
We want the nation to be out of lockdown in 4 weeks. We want you to spend Christmas with your families. We want everyone to be safe.
The last 7 months have shown us that we can still provide the same amazing classes and support online. We can do this safely and it means we can all play our part in helping reduce COVID-19. This disease kills people. We mustn’t forget that. Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support. We are here for you. Find your nearest class.