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: NHS England calls for holiday care support from providers

Are you a registered provider offering holiday childcare? Do you have vacancies? NHS England need your support so please make sure you're SearchChildcare profile is up to date. 


NEWS: 'Back to school' plans announced in Wales/Cyhoeddi cynlluniau ar gyfer mynd yn ôl i'r ysgol yng Nghymru

The Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has today confirmed that all pupils will be able to return to school in September in Wales.  Heddiw mae’r Gweinidog Addysg, Kirsty Williams, wedi cadarnhau y bydd pob disgybl yn gallu dywchwelyd i'r ysgol ym mis Medi.



NEWS: Safeguarding guidance for Wales/Canllawiau diogelu ar gyfer Cymru

The Welsh Government has produced a non-statutory guide to remind practitioners of their responsibilities to safeguard children.   Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi llunio'r canllawiau anstatudol i atgoffa ymarferwyr o'u cyfrifoldebau i ddiogelu plant.


NEWS: PACEY responds to Chancellor's summer statement

While we welcome a number of the Chancellor’s announcements in his summer statement, not least the help for young people, we are acutely concerned about the total absence of any mention of early years and childcare.


NEWS: PACEY receives funding to continue to support the sector in England through recovery

Thanks to funding from the Department for Education, PACEY will be able to provide more support and advice to childminders, pre-schools and nurseries in England as they recover from the pandemic and try to support more families to bring their children back to their early education place.


NEWS: PACEY receives thank you letter from NHS

We wanted to share a lovely letter that PACEY received yesterday from NHS England and NHS Improvement who have written to us thanking PACEY for all its support for NHS staff during the pandemic.


NEWS: Ofsted inspections in England to fully resume from January 2021

Ofsted have confirmed in the latest guidance for early years settings that routine inspections for registered early years provision in England will restart from January 2021. By this time, it is expected that the EYFS will be reinstated fully. The timing of routine inspections resuming will continue to be kept under review.


NEWS: Updates to early years guidance in England from 20 July announced

Today, the government have published detailed guidance to support early years settings and childcare providers to fully reopen from 20 July and for schools and colleges to fully reopen in September in England. 


NEWS: Research examines impact of the pandemic on the early years

As part of the latest of a series of impact briefs from the Sutton Trust states that "Nurseries, childminders and pre-schools are facing major financial uncertainty in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with many unsure as to whether they’ll still be able to operate next year." The brief looked at the immediate effects of the crisis on the early years and the children and families they serve. 


NEWS: Government responds to EYFS reforms consultation

Today, the Department for Education has released their response to the EYFS reforms consultation. The consultation initially opened in October to seek views on changes to the learning and development and assessment requirements as set out in the EYFS statutory framework in England.