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Are you prepared for the teachers’ strike?

After an overwhelming vote for strike action by teachers, schools in England and Wales will close for seven days in February and March meaning working parents will have to arrange alternative childcare.

Strike days may close schools or force them to restrict attendance depending on the level of staff they have available, according to government guidance for parents.

Employers need to be proactive rather than reactive on how the company can support its employees, especially with such a personal issue as childcare. Employees that feel supported during their time of need will be more likely to reciprocate and accommodate businesses through periods of uncertainty arising from the cost-of-living crisis and inflationary pressures.

The currently scheduled strike days are:
• Wednesday 1 February (England and Wales),
• Tuesday 14 February (Wales)
• Tuesday 28 February (Northern, North West, and Humber regions),
• Wednesday 1 March (East Midlands, Western, Eastern regions)
• Thursday 2 March (London, South East, South West regions)
• Wednesday 15 March (England and Wales)
• Thursday 16 March (England and Wales)