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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.