Welcome to PACEY's latest news. Check back here for all PACEY announcements, news and views, as well as PACEY reaction to government announcements concerning the childcare sector. We'll also share reports and findings from regulatory bodies and our various partner organisations.

If you have a story that you think will be of interest to PACEY please contact the press office.

We are always interested to hear your views on our news, so if you feel strongly about any of the issues you read about here, please do get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

New report shows workforce challenges in the sector

The Education Policy Institute have published a comparative analysis on the early years workforce in England using the Labour Force Survey. Read our full summary and comments. 


Education inspection framework consultation launches today

After announcing changes to the current common inspection framework (CIF) in October 2018, Ofsted has today published a consultation on proposals for changes to the education inspection framework (EIF) to take effect from September 2019.


Round-up: sugar, screen time and first-aid

It has been a busy week in the news this week, with concerns for children's sugar consumption, as well as life-saving skills and first-aid training. We have put together a news roundup in case you missed anything.


MPs call for reform of Universal Credit childcare support

A cross-party group of MPs has published a report calling for changes to the way that childcare costs are paid in Universal Credit, arguing that the current system “directly conflicts” with the Government’s aim of getting more people into work.


Outcome of early years consultation released

The Department for Education have now released the outcome of a consultation that took part in March-May 2018 seeking the views of parents' and their children's use of childcare and early years as well as their views and experience.


Nearly half of LAs say they are struggling to implement the two-year-old offer

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a report from the Children’s Services Omnibus, which explores senior local authority views on early years and childcare provision, and other children’s services. The responses reveal the scale of the challenge of increasing take-up of the two-year-old offer, and the impact of 30 hours on the other entitlements.


Childcare and early years survey for parents released

The Department for Education have released the childcare and early years survey for parents 2018 detailing the findings from the January 2018 to August 2018 survey. 


Views on National Minimum Standards in Wales sought. Gofynnwyd am farn ar Safonau Gofynnol Cenedlaethol yng Nghymru.

Welsh Government and Cwlwm wish to gather the views of childcare and play providers on the National Minimum Standards.  Mae Llywodraeth Cymru a Cwlwm yn dymuno casglu barn darpariaethau gofal plant a darparwyr chwarae ar y Safonau Gofynnol Cenedlaethol.


Updated statistics on the use of 30 hours released

Experimental statistics on the use of 30 hours funded childcare in the first term of national rollout, from September to December 2018 have been released by the Department for Education. 


Nursery World Show 2019

This year PACEY and Jelf are the official early years insurance partner at Nursery World Show 2019. Come and meet us at stand E24 on 1 and 2 February 2019.