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NEWS: Institute for Fiscal Studies analysis of political parties' proposed early years packages

The Institute for Fiscal Studies have today released their analysis of the early years packages from the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats.


NEWS: Number of registered childminders drops by a fifth since 2015

Ofsted figures released today show that the number of registered childminders has fallen by a fifth since 2015.


NEWS: BBC Radio 4 feature on childminding decline

BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme today featured discussion on the serious decline in the childminding profession. 


NEWS: PACEY's General Election Pledge

With the upcoming UK Parliamentary elections, PACEY is making it clear to all parties that children and families need high quality early education and childcare and that childminders, nurseries and pre-schools can only provide this if they are fully recognised and properly funded.


NEWS: TOTUM PRO student card now available for all PACEY members

We are pleased to announce that all PACEY member's are now entitled to apply for a TOTUM PRO (formerly NUS Extra) card.


NEWS: DfE publishes new stats on childcare and early years providers in England

The Department for Education has published its 2019 survey of childcare and early years providers.


NEWS: Launch of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) approach in Wales / Lansio dull Addysg a Gofal Plentyndod Cynnar (ECEC) yng Nghymru

At an event on 24 October 2019 Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, launched the Welsh Government's plans for an Early Childhood Education and Care approach. / Mewn digwyddiad ar 24 Hydref 2019 lansiodd Mark Drakeford, Prif Weinidog Cymru, gynlluniau Llywodraethau Cymru ar gyfer dull Addysg a Gofal Plentyndod Cynnar.


NEWS: Update on school and LA funding next year confirmed today by DfE

The figures published show how the extra £14 million the Prime Minister previously promised for schools and high needs for the next three years in England will be divided up.


NEWS: EYFS Sector Coalition briefing: responding to the government consultation on the review of the EYFS

Government has today opened its formal consultation on the changes it proposes to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework and the EYFS coalition has responded. The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 31 January 2020.


NEWS: Brexit ‘No Deal’ Guidance for home-based childcare settings in Wales / Canllawiau ar Brexit ‘Heb Gytundeb’ i leoliadau gofal plant yn y cartref yng Nghymru

To help you prepare for how Brexit may Welsh Government are keen for the childcare and early years sector to consider how this may impact on settings. PACEY Cymru have put together some points for you to consider. / Er mwyn eich helpu i baratoi ar gyfer Brexit, mae Llywodraeth Cymru’n awyddus i’r sector gofal plant a’r blynyddoedd cynnar ystyried sut y gall effeithio ar leoliadau. Mae PACEY Cymru wedi nodi rhai pwyntiau i’w hystyried.