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NEWS: Temporary relaxation of some NMS in Wales in response to COVID-19

The Welsh Government has issued a Circular Letter to provide guidance to the childcare and playwork sector in the light of COVID-19 where temporary relaxation of some of the requirements in the NMS will be allowed.


NEWS: Critical workers to get free childcare/ Gweithwyr hanfodol i gael gofal plant am ddim

The Welsh Government is launching a coronavirus childcare assistance scheme to support Wales’ critical workers / Mae Llywodraeth Cymru yn lansio cynllun cymorth gofal plant coronafeirws i gefnogi gweithwyr hanfodol Cymru.  


NEWS: PACEY submits extra evidence to Treasury Committee

PACEY has today submitted further evidence to the Treasury Committee following the Chancellor's announcement of support for the self-employed.


NEWS: Chancellor announces package of support for self-employed

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, MP, has today announced a package of support available from government for self-employed workers to help them cope with the current coronavirus crisis.



NEWS: PACEY survey reveals devastating impact of COVID-19 on childcare provision

A new survey by PACEY has revealed the devastating impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on childcare provision across England and Wales.


NEWS: PACEY writes to Chancellor about concern for self-employed

As part of our ongoing work to push for more financial support for the early years sector, in particular, for self-employed childminders, PACEY has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP expressing key concerns. 


NEWS: Letter from Vicky Ford MP and updated DfE guidance released - England only

As the government steps up plans to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written an open letter to the sector about the recent changes to childcare provision in light of the Government’s response to COVID-19.


NEWS: Chancellor looking at support for self-employed

Today, during a sitting in the House of Commons, Chancellor Rishi Sunak addressed what is being done to support self-employed individuals across the UK. Read what he said and PACEY's comments.


NEWS: Our legal helpline is here to support you

During this continued time of uncertainty, the PACEY team is committed to making sure all membership services run as smoothly as possible so you can get the support you need. 


NEWS: Ofsted releases latest childminder figures, as sector faces it's biggest challenge yet

Ofsted figures released today show that the number of registered childminders has fallen by 22% since 2015. However, the number of childcare places has remained relatively stable due to a slight increase in the number of places offered at non-domestic premises.