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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.

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NEWS: PACEY writes joint letter to Education Secretary in England

Today PACEY, NDNA and the Early Years Alliance wrote to the Education Secretary in England to raise the issue of  early years & childcare practitioners not being included in the list of critical workers offered an exemption to self-isolation rules.

23/07/2021

NEWS: Government announces critical workers exempt from isolation rules

This week the government in England announced that some 'critical workers' who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from self-isolating if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and identified as a close contact of a positive coronavirus case.

23/07/2021

NEWS: Fire safety guidance for Childminders / Canllawiau diogelwch tân i warchodwyr plant

How childminders can keep themselves and children in their care safe from fire / Ffyrdd i warchodwyr plant ddiogelu eu hunain a’r plant dan eu gofal rhag tân.

22/07/2021

NEWS: DfE publishes minor updates to its Development Matters Guidance

Today the Department for Education has made minor changes to its non-statutory curriculum guidance Development Matters to make it easier for practitioners in England to navigate. 

20/07/2021

NEWS: DfE issues Early Years Q&A document ahead of Step 4 changes in England

Today the DfE has issued additional resources, including an Early Years Q&A document ahead of the changes due to come into force for early years and childcare settings in England, in line with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on Monday 19 July.

16/07/2021

NEWS: DfE issues additional guidance ahead of Step 4 changes in England (Updated 16 July)

Today the DfE has issued further guidance around the changes due to come into force for early years and childcare settings in England in line with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on Monday 19 July. 

15/07/2021

NEWS: Update on fifth and final SEISS grant

This week the UK government published details of the fifth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. This is available to those living in the UK who are self-employed or a member of a partnership and covers May to September 2021. 

08/07/2021

NEWS: Step 4 measures announced for early years and childcare settings in England

Today the DfE updated the guidance for early years and childcare settings in line with the wider plans for Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown in England. 

06/07/2021

NEWS: Contact groups guidance (Wales)/ Grwpiau cyswllt

The Deputy Minister for Social Services has announced the removal of the requirement for childcare and playwork settings to keep children in consistent contact groups from 19th July.  Y Dirprwy Weinidog a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol wedi cyhoeddi ei fod yn cael gwared ar y gofyniad i leoliadau gofal plant a gwaith chwarae gadw plant mewn grwpiau cyswllt cyson o'r 19eg o Orffennaf.

01/07/2021

NEWS: Ofsted report shows decline in providers in England

This week Ofsted published its report on the childcare and early years providers in England, which shows a decline in the number of registered providers driven mainly by a reduction in childminders. 

01/07/2021