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Government U-turn on graduates

The minister responsible for childcare and early years, Nadhim Zahawi MP, has written a letter to the Chair of the Education Select Committee to explain that the Government will not be taking forward the key commitments it made in its 2017 Early Years Workforce Strategy concerning Early Years Teachers.


Holiday costs rise by four per cent

Family and Childcare Trust have released their 17th annual Holiday Childcare Survey showing that holiday costs have risen by four per cent in Britain since last summer. 


Schools not the only way to tackle childhood obesity

Ofsted have released their thematic review into what actions schools are taking to reduce childhood obesity after publishing their 'Childhood obesity: a plan of action' back in August 2016.


Latest statistics on 30 hours released

The Department for Education (DfE) has released the latest statistics on the number of 30 hours childcare codes issued and validated for the autumn term 2018 and the final numbers for the end of the summer term 2018.


PACEY members shortlisted for Nursery World Awards 2018

Congratulations to all PACEY members nominated for the 2018 Nursery World Awards. 


Safeguarding statutory guidance updates

Department for Education have updated the statutory guidance and framework on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 


Disqualification by association removed for schools and group settings

Following a consultation in 2016, the Government has decided to remove disqualification by association for staff in schools and non-domestic early years settings. Childminders are unaffected by the change, and remain subject to disqualification by association.


Three out of four eligible children take up 30 hours, with greater role for childminders

The Department for Education has published the annual Early Years Census, which reveals that a majority of eligible two-three-, and four-year-olds are accessing funded early education in a good or outstanding setting. The DfE estimates that three out of four eligible children are taking up 30 hours, and more childminders are delivering funded places than ever before.


No end to childminder slump in sight

Ofsted have released their statistics on childcare providers and inspections in England covering the period between 31 December 2017 and 31 March 2018. 


Key updates from Ofsted

After PACEY attended an Ofsted consultative forum, there are a number of updates that we are able to share with our members. These include Ofsted IT updates, online notification changes and certificate changes.