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  • Updated guidance on early education and childcare

    Updated guidance on early education and childcare

    The Department for Education has updated its full range guidance on government-funded early education and childcare for providers and local authorities, including the statutory guidance, the operational guidance, and the model agreement.

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    PACEY calls to end the English ban on childminders providing places to related children

    New research from PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) has highlighted that tens of thousands of registered childminders in England are missing out on vital income because they are not permitted to offer places to any related children. This is contrast to their colleagues in nurseries and pre-schools in England – and other childminders in Wales.

  • Exciting news on the Childcare Offer for Wales

    Exciting news on the Childcare Offer for Wales

    Following lobbying on the issue of childminders being unable to access Childcare Offer funding for Wales for related children, and a call for change from PACEY Cymru, Welsh Government have today confirmed revised guidance and also announced the areas for expansion of the Childcare Offer.

  • Orbit online record keeping system to close

    Orbit online record keeping system to close

    Users of the Orbit online record-keeping system are being urged to download their data from the system before the end of August 2018. On the 1st September 2018 all data stored on the system will be destroyed.

  • Food and Nutrition for Child Care Settings in Wales

    Food and Nutrition for Child Care Settings in Wales

    PACEY Cymru have been involved in supporting the Welsh Government to develop best practice guidance around Food and Nutrition for Child Care Settings which will soon be available to support childcare providers in providing healthy food and drinks in their childcare or play setting. 

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    PACEY submits evidence to life chances inquiry

    PACEY has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee on the impact that the early years of a child's life have on their life chances. PACEY Chief Executive Liz Bayram also gave evidence in person to the Committee on 12 June.

  • PACEY volunteers recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours

    PACEY volunteers recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours

    We are delighted that three of PACEY's volunteers have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year. 

  • GDPR now live

    GDPR now live

    Today the General Data Protection Regulation becomes law. 

  • PACEY Cymru at the Senedd

    PACEY Cymru at the Senedd

    Claire Protheroe, National Manager for Wales for PACEY Cymru gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly's Children, Young People and Education Committee at the Senedd on the Childcare Offer Bill (Wales) which looks at the mechanism of using HMRC to check eligibility for parents/carers looking to access Childcare Offer funding in Wales. 

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    Do you accept Sodexo childcare vouchers?

    A number of PACEY members have alerted us to an issue with childcare voucher supplier Sodexo. These members have received a message from Sodexo saying they must complete a form and return it to them, as part of GDPR compliance. This form incorrectly assumes that providers are data processors of Sodexo's data. PACEY has raised concerns with Sodexo and is advising members not to take any action until PACEY has sought legal advice on members’ behalf.

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    PACEY wins at MemCom Awards 2018

    PACEY is delighted to announce that we have won 'Best Magazine for a Professional Association' at the prestigious MemCom Awards 2018. 

  • Latest statistics on 30 hours released

    Latest statistics on 30 hours released

    The Department for Education (DfE) has released the latest statistics on the number of 30 hours childcare codes issued and validated for the summer term 2018. This follows statistics released in April 2018 on the use of 30 hours childcare for the Spring term and Summer term up to 9th April 2018.