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  • BLOG: Understanding the ongoing changes in England

    BLOG: Understanding the ongoing changes in England

    On 4 July, new changes on lockdown measures came into place in England. Understandably, the changes have prompted a great deal of discussion amongst our members who want to understand the implications for their settings and the children that they care for. Questions such as can I take a group of children to the park? Can I pick up children from their school setting?

  • NEWS: PACEY responds to Chancellor's summer statement

    NEWS: PACEY responds to Chancellor's summer statement

    While we welcome a number of the Chancellor’s announcements in his summer statement, not least the help for young people, we are acutely concerned about the total absence of any mention of early years and childcare.

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    NEWS: PACEY receives funding to continue to support the sector in England through recovery

    Thanks to funding from the Department for Education, PACEY will be able to provide more support and advice to childminders, pre-schools and nurseries in England as they recover from the pandemic and try to support more families to bring their children back to their early education place.

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    NEWS: PACEY receives thank you letter from NHS

    We wanted to share a lovely letter that PACEY received yesterday from NHS England and NHS Improvement who have written to us thanking PACEY for all its support for NHS staff during the pandemic.

  • NEWS: Ofsted inspections in England to fully resume from January 2021

    NEWS: Ofsted inspections in England to fully resume from January 2021

    Ofsted have confirmed in the latest guidance for early years settings that routine inspections for registered early years provision in England will restart from January 2021. By this time, it is expected that the EYFS will be reinstated fully. The timing of routine inspections resuming will continue to be kept under review.

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    NEWS: Updates to early years guidance in England from 20 July announced

    Today, the government have published detailed guidance to support early years settings and childcare providers to fully reopen from 20 July and for schools and colleges to fully reopen in September in England. 

  • NEWS: Research examines impact of the pandemic on the early years

    NEWS: Research examines impact of the pandemic on the early years

    As part of the latest of a series of impact briefs from the Sutton Trust states that "Nurseries, childminders and pre-schools are facing major financial uncertainty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with many unsure as to whether they’ll still be able to operate next year." The brief looked at the immediate effects of the crisis on the early years and the children and families they serve. 

  • NEWS: Government responds to EYFS reforms consultation

    NEWS: Government responds to EYFS reforms consultation

    Today, the Department for Education has released their response to the EYFS reforms consultation. The consultation initially opened in October to seek views on changes to the learning and development and assessment requirements as set out in the EYFS statutory framework in England.

  • NEWS: Welsh Government announce grant support/Llywodraeth Cymru yn cyhoeddi cymorth grant

    NEWS: Welsh Government announce grant support/Llywodraeth Cymru yn cyhoeddi cymorth grant

    First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced a start-up grant to support new businesses in Wales dealing with the severe impact of Coronavirus.  Mae Mark Drakeford y Prif Weinidog wedi cyhoeddi grant i gefnogi busnesau newydd yng Nghymru i ddelio gydag effaith ddifrifol y Coronafirws

  • BLOG: Working with Coronavirus - Lourdes' experience

    BLOG: Working with Coronavirus - Lourdes' experience

    As a registered childminder working with children for more than 25 years and owner of White Rose Childcare, Lourdes talks about how she got through the lockdown, worked with the parents and has now reopened while continuing to adhere to government guidance.

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    NEWS: Introduction of reception baseline assessment delayed

    Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the government have delayed the introduction of the new reception baseline assessment this autumn to 2021.

  • NEWS: Launch of EY smart in Wales / Lansio EY smart yng Nghymru

    NEWS: Launch of EY smart in Wales / Lansio EY smart yng Nghymru

    Launching in Wales today, EY smart focuses on upcoming changes and new guidance in Wales.  Yn lansio yng Nghymru heddiw, mae EY smart yn canolbwyntio ar newidiadau sydd ar ddod a chanllawiau newydd yng Nghymru.