Manager membership in practice
Manager memberships have what you need to power your practice and support your staff. Here we explore exactly what is included with your membership in each of the four key areas of your business:
Training. Advice. Products. Policy.
- Manager 5 - add five employees
- Manager 10 - add ten employees
Leadership and management
Whether you employ others, or work alone, you are the leader and manager of your setting. We have a series of 20-minute CEY smart courses designed to help you to lead and manage your setting effectively.
Leadership and management
Leadership and management is fundamental to running a sustainable childcare business and inspectors will be judging the quality of leadership and management in all early years, childcare and education settings.
Leading and managing your setting: effective induction
Starting a new job can be daunting and it is a manager’s responsibility to implement an effective induction process which helps a new staff member to feel confident in their job and understand their role and responsibilities within the setting. Includes a Induction checklist download
Leading and managing your setting: effective supervision
Effective supervision is a development process designed to support and enhance an individual's motivation, independence, and self-awareness. Includes a Record of staff supervision template download.
Leading and managing your setting: effective appraisal
An appraisal is an annual meeting where a staff member's previous year’s performance is reviewed and recorded. Measurable targets and objectives are set and training needs identified. Includes a record of staff appraisal download.
These courses are currently only available to England Manager members. PACEY Cymru are working hard to make them relevant and available for Managers in Wales.
Develop your staff
CEY smart is PACEY's online training, offering short, 10–20-minute courses that can be done on any device, at any time. It also provides practical help and expert advice to practitioners working throughout England and Wales.
We've worked with key organisations such as Loughborough University, Speech and Language UK, Relate, The Money Charity, The Wildlife Trusts, Autism Education Trust and more to develop high-quality, up-to-date courses that you can be confident give you and your team the knowledge and understanding to deliver quality childcare practice . You and your team will have access to over 50 bite-sized courses in CEY smart, organsied into nine themes there is something for everyone.
The communication station
Communication is key! Courses all about communication and language, listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Try a free course, developed in partnership with Speech and Language UK, An introduction to speech, language and communication (SLC) in the early years.
Fit and healthy!
Courses all about physical development, our bodies, and knowing what keeps us fit and healthy and safe! We have courses developed in partnership with Loughborough University and courses about handwashing, dental health and oral hygiene, mealtimes and safeguarding.
A series of courses about supporting children and their parents through the hellos, the goodbyes, and some of the other challenges we all face when things change. We have courses developed in partnership with Relate, the relationship charity supporting seperation and divorce and the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families supporting attachment difficulties.
The big wide world
It's a big world out there! All about understanding the world around us, how it used to be, how it is now, and how we can look after it. Learn about connecting with nature developed with The Wildlife Trust and introducing pro-environmental behaviours developed with Natural Resources Wales.
You, me and us
Courses designed to help you to support children's emotional literacy and development, wellbeing, feelings, behaviour, and the development of self-regulation skills.
A series of courses about working in partnership; with parents, families, fellow practitioners and other professionals. Including supporting children with additional needs and, developed in partnership with Autism Education Trust, understanding autism. There are also courses developed with Relate, to help you understand factors which may adversely affect relationships, support families under pressure and know how and when to intervene in parental conflict.
Let's get creative
We can express ourselves in so many different ways, courses in this theme are designed to help you to support and nurture children's creativity. There is a mini-series of seven courses developed in partnership with Earlyarts where you can learn about marking, drawing, malleable and modelling materials, movement and dance, role play, puppertry and story building, music and singing and more!
Try this free course, developed in partnership with Earlyarts An introduction to creativity and the arts in the early years
The numbers game
These courses are designed to help you to support all aspects of children's mathematical development; numbers, shapes, patterns, measuring, time, money, and data and technology. From courses developed with Natural Resources Wales introducing maths development in the natural world to supporting children’s financial education with a course from The Money Charity.
Try this free course, developed with The Money Charity An introduction to financial education in the early years
The business end
This theme is all about supporting you, your role and your setting with running your childcare business, understanding the regulations and the law. In England we worked in partnership with Dr Julian Grenier CBE, author of Development Matters, to develop a mini-series of course about the seven key features of effective practice. We have a series of course designed to support you through inspections and another to ensure you know how to effectively lead and manage your setting. In Wales we have developed a series of courses that are designed to help you to understand and apply the principles of the curriculum for funded non-maintained nursery settings and an overview of the Wales safeguarding procedures: ensuring you know what is required. There are even courses designed to support your personal finances developed with The Money Charity.
Whether you just need a refresher and a quick update on changes to the curriculum and regulation or are new to the sector and just starting out in your career, CEY smart provides courses which will help you support children better. The content and structure of the training puts the child at the centre of the learning - so everything can be directly applied to your setting and the children in your care. We've filmed with practitioners, children and parents at a variety of real settings, to demonstrate examples from actual practice. Each course links theory and practice together in an accessible and meaningful way.
Every course gives you the space to reflect and record your learning with a downloadable Certificate of Reflection and there are introductory courses designed to support you to use CEY smart when working as part of a team which include a downloadable, editable log so you and your staff can keep a record of your CPD.
Free training for you
Manager members get PACEY's Safeguarding children training course FREE!
The PACEY safeguarding course has been designed to help you fulfil your requirements and ensure you have the confidence to recognise, respond and refer if you should have any concerns. Our Safeguarding course has been reviewed by Cache and the content fully endorsed. Cache is the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education and is the leading specialist awarding organisation for the care and education sector.
The course covers your duty of care and how it links to regulation, the different types of abuse and how you may recognise any signs, what actions to take if needed, the policies and procedures you will follow.
Resources designed especially to support your childcare practice. Our factsheets, practice guides and videos cover a huge range of topics and will inform and inspire.
Organised into themes, you can browse the topic or use key word searches to find all the resources you and your staff need to power your practice.
When it comes to planning the next steps for children's learning, or supporting them to achieve a milestone, such as walking, talking or toilet training, it's essential to have a thorough understanding of child development. Our resources offer practical tips, support and practice ideas across a wide range of topics relevant to child development.
Creating a safe and welcoming environment
Providing a warm, safe and welcoming environment ensures children feel safe and secure and have the confidence to actively learn and explore. This topic explores areas such as health and safety, food and drink and risk assessment.
Partnership with parents
Parents are a child's first and most enduring educator. Working in partnership with parents and support the family as a whole is key to supporting a child's learning and development in your setting.
Transitions are a key part in all our lives, and for children, moving between childcare settings, meeting a new key worker, or starting school can be a significant change. You're also likely to be helping children as they experience other transitions - a new sibling, moving home, or a separation or bereavement.
CPD, reflection and evaluation
Continuous professional development (CPD) is all about growing your knowledge in different areas of learning. Part of this is reflecting on your practice to give an invaluable understanding of what development and training you need to do, and also to congratulate yourself for the things that are going really well.
How do you ensure that all the children in your care are able to participate fully in their childcare experience? Making sure that your setting is inclusion is hugely important. We have a wealth of resources to support this.
Regulation and legislation
Childcare professionals are governed by legislation and regulation. These resources will help you navigate your way through the rules when it comes to regulatory bodies, the statutory frameworks and GDPR.
All the children in your care need protecting from harm, and these resources on safeguarding will help you understand the role you play in this. You must ensure the protection and safety of the children in your care. These resources will help you meet your responsibilities and build your knowledge.
Working with others
Depending on the type of setting you work in, you're likely to work with a number of different professionals. These resources will help you reflect on your practice as you work with others.
A collection of ideas, inspiration and tools to help new and existing childcare managers develop and maintain a sustainable business.
|Business planning - including Writing a plan and a template
||Finances - including a resource all about pensions
|Marketing - including support on being professional online
||Record keeping -including GDPR information
|CPD planning - including an example training matrix template
||Personal development plans – including SWOT analysis, SMART goals worksheet, and template PDP
|Job roles and deployment of staff
||Ideas and inspiration - including a case study: Making the leap, childminder to nursery founder and manager
...and so much more!
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Customisable legal documentation library
Access guides and download legal documents to help with HR and legal matters including issues with conduct and discipline, grievance, redundancy and managing sickness and absence. There are template letters and employment contracts as well as a staff handbook with customisable policies.
Focus on recruitment
There are many different reasons that you might be thinking about recruiting. There could be a vacancy through retirement or a resignation, a need for someone to cover maternity leave, or because you’re expanding your business and need more staff. Whatever the reasons, you’ll want to get the right candidate for the right position.
PACEY has your back with a series of resources designed to support you in your recruitment journey. From advertising your vacancy right through shortlisting, interviewing, seeking references to appointing to your position. There are downloadable templates and letters.
Download our job description templates which help you to make your own job descriptions based on your needs the purpose of the role plus the responsibilities, experience and qualities of the person you want doing the role.
Job description (England)
Job description (Wales)
If in doubt, seek legal advice. Employee disputes can be stressful, time consuming and very costly to both the finances and reputation of a business. Eligible PACEY members have access to legal advice helplines and a legal services website to help them avoid potential legal disputes.
Support for you
Legal, tax and HR helpline
Legal advice is available 24/7, and tax advice is available between 9am and 5pm on weekdays (except bank holidays). The advice covers professional and business-related legal matters within EU law and tax matters within the UK. Your query will be dealt with by a qualified specialist from ARAG experienced in handling legal and tax-related matters.
Counselling helpline - 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
Provided by ARAG, their counsellors will provide free confidential support and advice by phone to you, your employees or their family members who are suffering from emotional upset or feeling worried and anxious about a personal or work-related problem.
Practice Advice Service - 6.30-9pm Monday- Friday
PACEY Advisors Pat Tomlinson and Zara Smith both have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the childcare and early years sector; offering 1-2-1 support, advice and guidance if you are in need of reassurance, inspiration or just want to chat through an issue in your setting.
Member support helpline - 10am-3.30pm Monday- Friday
Natalie and her team are there to assist you with any member related queries from renewing memberships to guiding you round the members portal.
Your mental health
Anyone who works in childcare knows it’s an extremely challenging profession, from early starts and late finishes, to skyrocketing utility bills and food prices (that’s without thinking about the responsibility of caring for our children to give them the best start in life!). We are making it our mission to take care of our members and give them better physical and mental support.
Sample policies and guidance
As a registered setting you must have clear policies and procedures in place in accordance with the requirements of your national frameworks.
For Managers in England PACEY have sample policies, as required by the EYFS. These have been designed for you to use as a basis to create further policies and procedures relevant to your business and includes guidance on drafting your own policies. For Managers in Wales PACEY Cymru have developed tips for writing and reviewing your policies and procedures and separate guidance for each individual policy.
Here are just some of policy resources available to PACEY Manager members:
Medication policy & procedure
Child protection policy
Concerns and Complaints
Additional learning needs policy
Exclusion due to illness policy/procedure
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
Behaviour management policy
Information and Records
Information and communication technology, or ICT.
Download a free resource now:
England - Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
Wales - Behaviour management policy guidance
Discounts and offers
Not only to PACEY members receive generous discounts on all PACEY Shop products, from paperwork to setting essentials, members also receive a range of exclusive discounts and offers.
Paediatric First Aid Training
Manager members in England receive discounted paediatric first aid training from Tigerlily.
PACEY Cymru has worked with Proactive First Aid to offer accredited paediatric first aid training for Managers in Wales.
Boogie Mites deliver Early years music workshops, practitioner training, song packs and self-paced online training packs to promote the development benefits of daily active music-making, and these are all linked to the EYFS.
Boogie Mites songs are upbeat, catchy and based on relevant themes such as jungles, dinosaurs, transport and fairy tales. They also deliver partnership webinars with notable people such as music educator and researcher Dr Anita Collins, Early Years consultant Sue Asquith, and Dr Mine Conkbayir to name just a few.
PACEY Manager members can get 20% off all practitioner products and webinars.
Routledge Education publishes a wide range of early years resources combining research expertise with tried and tested classroom practice. Incorporating the highly respected David Fulton and Speechmark imprints, our books, resource packs and online products provide invaluable support and inspiration for early years professionals. From communication and language development, to anti-racist practice we have resources to help from expert authors you can trust.
Not only do PACEY members save 20% on all books they also can access free samples/chapters of leading books.
More and more childcare settings are making the switch to reusable wipes whether they provide wipes, or families provide wipes. Making the swap will have benefits for all:
|Cleaning up is quicker and easier (and you need far fewer!)
||No chemicals mean they’re much gentler for your little ones skin
|Big money savings to spend on more things that matter
||Kinder to the environment as they help us reduce single use plastics
Encourages independence and helps to teach our little ones about ‘self-care’ which is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum
One recent happy customer at a nursery chain has gone from buying 250,000 wipes a year across all their sites to now just buying top ups of the essential oil soaking solutions! Aside from the eco-benefits, that's a cost saving of between £3,000 and £5,000 a year, depending on the wipes you use!
Cheeky Wipes are supporting childcare settings to make the switch to reusables by offering discounts ranging from 20% off when you spend up to £50, 35% when spending up to £100 and exclusively for PACEY members 38% off when spending over £100.
TOTUM student card
We know that the pursuit of a career in the early years sector can be pricey, from registering to studying and throughout your career we always look for ways to help you offset the costs. So as a PACEY member you are entitled to apply for a TOTUM PRO (formerly NUS Extra) card.
From just £14.99 a year the student discount card enables you to access 200+ discounts; ranging from clothing retailers to restaurants and more. Benefits include:
|10% off at the Co-op
||10% off Boots with a Boots Advantage Card
|10% Hotels.com and flexible cancellation
||15% off The Body Shop
25% off food and drink at Las Iguanas (Sunday to Thursday)
The cost of card is easily covered by the level of savings you can make, meaning it quickly pays for itself.
Digital Accident Forms
PACEY digital accident forms, which can be used to describe any accidents/incidents that have happened - alongside diagrams to record where on the body the injury occurred. Available to buy in quantities of ten. Please note forms are only available in English. Each purchase provides ten digital accident forms.
Digital Existing Injury Form
This form is used to record any injury, no matter how minor, sustained by a child when they were not in the care of their registered childcare practitioner. The practitioner can then send the completed document to the parent/guardian to sign and date. Each purchase provides ten forms.
Digital Short Term Medication Form
A digital version of the 'permission to administer a short course of medication form' now available to buy in packs of 20. This form is designed to be completed every time the practitioner is required to administer medicine or any other treatment on a short term, basis. This is a daily record that can be used per child, the parent/ guardian can be sent a copy of the completed record at the end of each day, signed, and dated to show that the practitioner has administered the medication or treatment according to the parent/guardians’ instructions.
All available to purchase at discounted member prices from PACEYShop.
Activity and downloads hub
Childcare settings are busy places, and finding activities to keep everyone engaged and learning can be a challenge – but not anymore. Our activity and downloads hub is bursting with ideas and inspiration for your setting.
Members get free activity packs for heaps of ideas, all linked to the areas of learning and development in England and Wales:
|Activities to teach children about money
||Polynesian-inspired activity pack
|Olympics activity pack
||Delightful Discovery activity pack
|All about me
||10 ways to use a Tuff Tray
|Christmas activity pack
||10 ways to use Dinosaur Bones
|Transportation activity pack
||10 ways to use Folding Stand & Tray
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar Early Years resources pack
||Explore the seasons with over 40 themed learning and activity ideas
Our Exploring books together series provides activity sheets to accompany some children’s book favourites. Each of the sheets has three extension activities that you might like to try with the children in your care. Each sheet has a space for you to reflect on any of the activities you have chosen, what went well, what you might do differently next time, note any particular observations of individual children.
||The Cat in the Hat
||The Tiger Who Came to Tea
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar
||We're going on a Bear Hunt
|Where's my Teddy?
||Where the Wild Things Are
Download The Very Hungry Caterpillar activity sheet now for FREE
Simple templates to make everyday easier from planners, learning journeys to weekly menus, as well as a range of posters for your setting:
|Steps to starting school
||Sleep in the early years
|School transition planning
|Languages around the world
||My solar system
...and many more!
Welsh language and culture activities
PACEY Cymru have developed a range of Welsh language and culture development activity ideas on a range of topics.
PACEY Live webinars
We work with leading organisations and sector experts on a range of issues to bring PACEY members monthly live webinars. With an impressive back catalogue of over 20 webinar recordings for you to sit back and watch at a time it suits you. Here are some examples of the webinars you can expect from PACEY; all available for Manager members and their staff to watch:
|Sexual harassment & online sexual abuse of children & young people
||Beyond Behaviour - supporting emotional and mental health in very young children
|Safeguarding - Interparental conflict and domestic abuse
||Safeguarding and "hidden" neglect
|Time for an apprentice?
||Employing people: an introduction to your responsibilities
|Food poverty, a growing concern
The why and how of music in the early years
|Inspection myth busting with CIW
||Ofsted: Early years curriculum and pedagogy
Watch the PACEY Live webinar: DBS – Making recruitment safer for FREE now
Webinars with leading organisations such as:
Masterclasses with sector experts such as:
Our regular e-newsletters round up the latest news, blogs and sector updates - keeping you up to date and in the know.
We'll also share promotions, latest training and content, reminders for webinars and more - so you don't miss out.
Childcare Professional magazine
Childcare Professional is PACEY's official award-winning membership magazine, keeping childminder, nanny and nursery worker members across England and Wales up-to-date with the latest news, campaigns, ideas and innovations in childcare and early years.
Creative Steps magazine
Make the most of the year with your fantastic, FREE digital copy of Creative Steps magazine as part of your PACEY membership. With at least 70 crafts to get stuck into in every issue, Creative Steps is perfect for anyone working with children.
As well as inventive and engaging craft ideas, there are clear links to early learning outcomes for different ages and ways to help demonstrate the learning children gain from participarting in crafty activities.
33% off print subscription
If you love the magazine, and want to have your own, printed copy every quarter, don't forget that PACEY members also get 33% off the cost of a print subscription of Creative Steps.
Food for thought
We bring together key influencers, practitioners and thought leaders to share their views on a wide range of subjects. Topics cover latest news and policy developments to best practice and inspirational ideas.
We curate blogs exclusive for PACEY members written by early years professionals, specialists and subject experts who share their knowledge, good practice and research to support your practice and business.
Read the latest from Dr Julian Grenier CBE 'Conversation matters'
Policy and government updates
Childcare policy is a rapidly changing and evolving environment, and here at PACEY, we're committed to representing your voice at all levels of government and decision making.
We work with government to represent our members' views and ensure children get the best start in life.
From campaigning on ratios and regulations, to responding to government consultations, PACEY works with national and local government in England and Wales to help shape and influence early years policy.
We're also commissioned by local and national government to provide services to early years professionals, including training for childminders and promoting childcare as a profession.
Our News stories get the informtation you need, when you need it. Join the conversation and stay up to date; like and follow us on your favourite social media channels.
Manager Plus memberships
Our Manager Plus membership packages include access to everything included in our Manager membership detailed above PLUS lots more!
- Manager 5 Plus – Manager Plus 5 membership and add five employees for free
- Manager 10 Plus – Manager Plus 10 membership and add 10 employees for free
FREE access to Kinderly Together worth up to £550 a year*
Manager 5 Plus – Kinderly Together Medium (for up to 20 children)
Manager 10 Plus – Kinderly Together Large (for up to 60 children)
Transform your setting with Kinderly Together, the PACEY-recommended digital learning journey, parent communication and accounting software, supporting you to run an outstanding childcare setting. Kinderly Together helps you to be Ofsted or CIW ready, cuts out unnecessary paperwork, building efficiency into your setting, saving you money and giving you back your time – and as a Manager Plus member, you have full access to Kinderly Together for FREE. Read our Kinderly Together FAQs here.
Transitioning to Kinderly Together from paper-based systems or another provider is made seamless by Kinderly’s highly rated support team, helping you every step of the way with a choice of live chat, email, phone and free 1-to-1 tutorials. The Kinderly team can also help you upload all the children in your setting in minutes.
The benefits of Kinderly Together include:
|Quickly and securely capture observations, daily diaries and wow moments, even when you're out and about with the children.
||Digitally manage your setting with at-a-glance information: reports, development tables and cohort analyses and be more organised, efficient and Ofsted or CIW ready.
|Reduce paperwork, save time and costs with FREE and unlimited digital PACEY Policies and Procedures and PACEY Digital Group Setting Contracts. These are accessed directly from the Kinderly Together dashboard to be sent, signed and stored digitally.
||Send emails, newsletters and notifications to parents via the Parent Portal so they can keep up-to-date with their child's daily activities and development in real time, and the 'Postcards from Home' feature enables parents to share observations from home..
|Stay on top of your income and expenditure with the integrated Accounting and Invoicing package
||Free weekly topic based activities, to inspire your practice and share with parents.
*Manager Plus members will have full access to Kinderly Together for FREE saving you £275 inc VAT a year for Manager 5 Plus membership or £550 inc VAT a year for Manager 10 Plus membership, vs the Kinderly Together standard pricing.
See Kinderly's key features:
"This is an excellent system which is easy to use. Sending information to parents by the press of a button was effortless. It makes keeping an eye on a whole group effortless"
Practical Pre-school Magazine
Kinderly Together FAQs
Q: If I buy Manager Plus, how do I access Kinderly Together?
Once you purchase Manager Plus you will receive an email from Kinderly Together, you simply follow the link from the email to set up your account and you can start using the software straight away. Remember to check your junk mail and add kinderly.co.uk to your safe senders list if you don’t see the email in your inbox.
Q: I am an existing Kinderly Together member, will I get a refund on my Kinderly Together subscription if I buy Manager Plus?
If you’re already a Kinderly Together subscriber, your existing ‘paid’ plan will be replaced with a new one that is ‘free’ and no more payments will be taken by Kinderly when you sign up to Manager Plus. If you have paid annually, Kinderly will calculate the amount remaining and will refund you this amount minus the administration fee within a 30 day period.
Q: Will I lose any of my account information stored in Kinderly Together if I chose Manager Plus?
No, if you are already using Kinderly Together, all of the information stored will remain and you will continue to access your existing account.
Free training for you
FREE Food safety and hygiene for early years settings training for Managers
Do you prepare food in your childcare setting? Are you looking to complete a food hygiene qualification? If so, this Level 2 food hygiene course will give you all the guidance you need. The course has been accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), providing assurance that the course meets specific learning objectives and has high standards of training design.
This bright and colourful course provides learners with up-to-date food hygiene information, case studies, interactive exercises, and videos to ensure learners are aware of their food safety responsibilities. It takes approximately two to three hours to complete and on successful completion of the quiz you will be able to print a personalised certificate.
Want your staff to do this course? You can purchase this course for your employees at a discounted member-exclusive price of £20.00 (usually £32.99).
Free training for your staff
FREE Safeguarding children training for Manager and Employees (worth £19.99 pp)
You have a responsibility to help and protect children. PACEY's safeguarding course is designed to help you fulfill these requirements and ensure you have the confidence to recognise, respond and refer if you have any concerns. You will have the opportunity to watch video clips, download resources and reflect on your practice. The information, extra information links and activities provided offer practical ideas to promote further thinking and reflective practice about safeguarding children.
Our safeguarding course has been reviewed by Cache – the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, the leading specialist awarding organisation for the care and education sector. The content is fully endorsed, and the qualification is suitable for inspection.