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  • NEWS: Childminders included in wraparound childcare guidance for schools

    NEWS: Childminders included in wraparound childcare guidance for schools

    Today the DfE published it's guidance for schools and trusts on their role in providing wraparound childcare to children of primary school age. This guidance outlines the role of schools and trusts and is designed to both, regardless of their involvement with the wraparound national childcare programme.

  • BLOG: An apprenticeship success story

    BLOG: An apprenticeship success story

    National Apprenticeship week brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy. We spoke to Priya and Jack about how the apprenticeship scheme has worked for them. 

  • NEWS: Brand new recruitment campaign for early years launched

    NEWS: Brand new recruitment campaign for early years launched

    A new national recruitment campaign in England has been launched by the Department of Education today across TV, cinema, online, radio and out of home advertising to encourage people to start a career working with small children ahead of the first phase of the largest ever expansion in free childcare starting in April.

    A £1,000 sign-on bonus for childcare workers - which will cover 20 local authorities across England- is also being launched today to increase capacity, tackle unemployment, and offer more childcare places. The trial will give new-starters and returners a tax-free cash payment shortly after they take up post.

  • NEWS: CIW SASS in Wales / AGC `SASS' yng Nghymru

    NEWS: CIW SASS in Wales / AGC `SASS' yng Nghymru

    CIW have announced that the Self-Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) will be going live on 31 January 2024. / Mae AGC wedi cyhoeddi y bydd Datganiad Hunanasesu Gwasanaeth (SASS) yn fyw ar 31 Ionawr 2024.

  • BLOG: What is the graduated approach and how do I use it? (England only)

    BLOG: What is the graduated approach and how do I use it? (England only)

    All teachers, including early years practitioners are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the children in their care.  The Equality Act 2010 prohibits educators from discriminating against a child with additional needs and settings must ensure that they are fully inclusive.  This also means that every educator, in early years, primary and secondary education is a teacher of children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).  In the early years we are best placed to identify these needs early on and to ensure that appropriate support is put into place as soon as possible, helping to ensure that most children with SEND achieve well and gain the foundations for a successful transition into school and their future life.

    But how do we best support children with SEND?

  • NEWS: Coram survey shows local authorities concerned about expansion roll out

    NEWS: Coram survey shows local authorities concerned about expansion roll out

    New Coram Childcare Survey on the expansion of the funded scheme shows local authorities are concerned about sufficiency of places ahead of roll-out. 

  • News: Child Poverty Strategy for Wales/Strategaeth Tlodi Plant Cymru

    News: Child Poverty Strategy for Wales/Strategaeth Tlodi Plant Cymru

    The Child Poverty Strategy for Wales 2024 has been published by Welsh Government/ Strategaeth Tlodi Plant Cymru 2024 wedi’i gyhoeddi gan Lywodraeth Cymru

  • NEWS: Professional Registration of the workforce / Gofrestru'r gweithlu yn Broffesiynol

    NEWS: Professional Registration of the workforce / Gofrestru'r gweithlu yn Broffesiynol

    The Deputy Minister for Social Services has announced the launch of the Welsh Government consultation on professional registration of the childcare and playwork workforce. / Mae'r Dirprwy Weinidog Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol wedi cyhoeddi lansio ymgynghoriad Llywodraeth Cymru ar gofrestru'r gweithlu gofal plant a gwaith chwarae yn Broffesiynol.

  • NEWS: Sir Martyn Oliver begins term at Ofsted with mental health awareness training for inspectors

    NEWS: Sir Martyn Oliver begins term at Ofsted with mental health awareness training for inspectors

    *UPDATE: Ofsted respond to Ruth Perry inquest*

    Sir Martyn Oliver begins term at Ofsted with mental health awareness training for inspectors.

    The new His Majesty’s Chief Inspector begins with an immediate package of training for inspectors, a response to the Ruth Perry inquest and a Big Listen.

  • NEWS: The London Assembly Economy Committee has published its new report on childcare in London

    NEWS: The London Assembly Economy Committee has published its new report on childcare in London

    The London Assembly Economy Committee is calling on the Government to review funding rates for early education entitlements in London, amid concerns that the sector will be unable to cope with the increase in demand when free childcare is expanded to children under three.

  • NEWS: Labour consider plans to fund new nurseries in primary schools

    NEWS: Labour consider plans to fund new nurseries in primary schools

    The Labour party is reportedly considering funding more primary school-based nursery places across England and has tasked the former Ofsted head Sir David Bell with finding new ways to tackle the shortage in childcare. 

     

  • NEWS: Wales Christmas card / Cerdyn Nadolig Cymru

    NEWS: Wales Christmas card / Cerdyn Nadolig Cymru

    Thank you to all members in Wales who entered our competition to design the image to be used on PACEY Cymru’s e-card for Christmas 2023. Diolch i holl aelodau Cymru a gymerodd ran yn ein cystadleuaeth i ddylunio’r ddelwedd i’w defnyddio ar e-gerdyn PACEY Cymru ar gyfer Nadolig 2023.

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