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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Phone lines closing temporarily

The phone lines will be closed between 3:00pm - 3:45pm today, Tuesday 25 September, for staff training.


PACEY members celebrate at this years Nursery World Awards

PACEY members and staff celebrated their success at the weekend at the prestigious Nursery World Awards ceremony. The awards are designed to reward best practice and recognise and celebrate the achievements of early years professionals.


Tax allowance for property and trading income

You can now get up to £1000 each tax year in tax-free allowances for property and trading income. This impacts individuals such as childminders with small amounts of income from providing goods, services, property or other assets. 


PACEY Cymru Training Event - 'Using Welsh in your setting’

Wales events to support the PACEY Cymru are holding events in November to support you with the use of Welsh language in your setting.


Ratings for childcare and play settings. Sgoriau ar gyfer lleoliadau gofal plant a chwarae

Cwlwm are working closely with Care Inspectorate Wales to gather evidence on the implementation of ratings for childcare and play settings.  Mae Cwlwm yn gweithio'n agos gydag Arolygiaeth Gofal Cymru i gasglu tystiolaeth ar weithredu'r sgoriau ar gyfer lleoliadau gofal plant a chwarae.


National evaluation on 30 hours in England released

After 30 hours was introduced in September 2017, Department for Education have released an independent evaluation of the first year of the national rollout.


Early education and outcomes to age 4

As part of the longitudinal study of early education and development (SEED), the Department for Education have released research into the impact of early education at ages 2-4 on child outcomes at age 4, and the importance of the early years home environment. 


Early Years and Childcare Managers Forum

Do you want to be part of Social Care Wales' first ever 'Early years and childcare managers forum'? Social Care Wales will be holding its first early years and childcare manager forum in November.


CIW and Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) 2018

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) have announced that childcare and play providers are not required to complete a Self Assessment of Service (SASS) for 2018-19. Providers do however need to ensure their Quality of Care Review is up to date.


New research into the take-up of early education entitlements

Department for Education have released a report explaining the findings of research into the 'Take-up of free early education entitlements (FEEE)'. The research, undertaken by NatCen Social Research and ASK Research in 2018, includes evidence assessment, analysis and interviews.