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NEWS: General election build-up

Labour pledges to keep the entitlement scheme whilst Lib Dems call for national special needs agency. 


NEWS: Coram survey reveals continued decrease in the availability of childcare in England

Coram Family and Childcare’s 23rd annual survey was published this week. The survey is based on surveys from local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales, that were returned to Coram Family and Childcare between November 2023 and February 2024. A total of 184 councils returned data generating a response rate of 89% 


NEWS: PACEY Cymru response to consultation in Wales/Ymateb PACEY Cymru i'r ymgynghoriad diweddar

PACEY Cymru share their recent response to the Professional Registration of the childcare and playwork workforce in Wales consultation. PACEY Cymru sy'n rhannu eu hymateb diweddar i'r ymgynghoriad Cofrestru'n broffesiynol y gweithlu Gofal Plant a Gwaith Chwarae yng Nghymru.


NEWS: Early Childhood Play, Learning and Care Plan in Wales/Cynllun Chwarae, Dysgu a Gofal Plentyndod Cynnar

Welsh Government have published the Early Childhood Play, Learning and Care (ECPLC) Plan in Wales. Mae'r Cynllun Chwarae, Dysgu a Gofal Plentyndod Cynnar (ECPLC) yng Nghymru wedi’i gyhoeddi gan Lywodraeth Cymru.


NEWS: Government launch Childminding consultation in England

Today the Department for Education (DfE) launched a new consultation with Childminders, parents, providers and local authorities asking how Government can attract and retain Childminders, in England.

It also announced that applications for 15 hours of government-funded childcare for working parents of 9-month-olds will open on 12 May ahead of September 2024 rollout. 


POLICY: Update on local authorities holding back funding and paying monthly

Since the expansion of the entitlement scheme was announced in last year’s budget, the opening of the £600 start up grant in November and in the run up to the first phase of the expansion in April this year, PACEY has been inundated with requests to support Childminders who have been experiencing difficulties in receiving funding payments. 


NEWS: Ofsted Big Listen

Ofsted chief will put disadvantaged children first, as he launches ‘Big Listen’ to hear from parents and professionals


NEWS: Changes for our sector in the Spring Budget 2024

Today, in the Spring Budget, the Government confirmed plans to increase the annual funding to the early years sector (estimated to be up to £500m). This increase will be based on a trackable indexing mechanism to ensure fees are in line with inflation, capital gains tax and national minimum wage for 25/26 and 26/27. Local authorities will also have to pass through 97% of the funding and set their final rates within 8 weeks of DfE publishing theirs.


NEWS: New Health Protection guidance in Wales/Canllawiau Diogelu Iechyd newydd yng Nghymru

New Infection Prevention and Control Guidance and Audit Tool (Public Health Wales) has been published. There is a new Health Protection Team website which includes the new Guidance, contact details and key resources. / Mae Canllawiau Atal a Rheoli Heintiau ac Offeryn Archwilio (Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru) newydd wedi cael eu cyhoeddi. Mae yna wefan Tîm Diogelu Iechyd newydd sy'n cynnwys y Canllawiau newydd, manylion cyswllt, ac adnoddau allweddol.


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.