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NEWS: Early Education and Childcare Coalition launches its new rescue and reform manifesto

Today (17 May 2024) the Early Education and Childcare Coalition (EECC) launched its new manifesto with proposals to ‘rescue and reform’ the early education and childcare sector in England.


NEWS: Celebrating at the Senedd / PACEY Cymru yn y Senedd

As part of the Childminding Week celebrations PACEY Cymru held an event at the Senedd on 15 May hosted by Lee Waters MS. This celebrated the work childminders do, showed our appreciation and raised awareness for the vital role childminders play in the sector. Fel rhan o ddathliadau Wythnos Gwarchod Plant cynhaliodd PACEY Cymru ddigwyddiad yn y Senedd ar 15 Mai dan ofal Lee Waters, AS. Roedd hyn yn dathlu’r gwaith y mae gwarchodwyr plant yn ei wneud, yn dangos ein gwerthfawrogiad ac yn codi ymwybyddiaeth o’r rôl hanfodol y mae gwarchodwyr plant yn ei chwarae yn y sector.


NEWS: PACEY launches its Manifesto for Childminders to mark Childminding Week 2024

To mark Childminding Week 2024, PACEY unveils its new Manifesto for Childminders calling for urgent government action to address plummeting childminder numbers ensuring children have the very best start in life.  


NEWS: Watchdog report highlights significant barriers to early years expansion

Today the National Audit Office (NAO) has published a new report highlighting concerns around the Department for Education’s plans to expand the funded early years offer in England.  


NEWS: DfE launches new consultations for early years providers in England

On Monday 22 April, the Department for Education (DfE) launched two new consultations for early years providers in England with proposals for strengthening safeguarding requirements and a new experience-based route for practitioners to gain approved status to work within staff:child ratios. 


NEWS: Government releases data on the expansion

40,000 additional staff required for September 2025 and 85,000 new childcare placed needed, says DfE.


NEWS: Recent calls for a reintroduction of Sure Start-style investment in families

Last week, new research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies outlined significant positive impacts of Sure Start for children in England.


NEWS: General election build-up

Labour pledges to keep the entitlement scheme whilst Lib Dems call for national special needs agency. 


NEWS: Coram survey reveals continued decrease in the availability of childcare in England

Coram Family and Childcare’s 23rd annual survey was published this week. The survey is based on surveys from local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales, that were returned to Coram Family and Childcare between November 2023 and February 2024. A total of 184 councils returned data generating a response rate of 89% 


NEWS: PACEY Cymru response to consultation in Wales/Ymateb PACEY Cymru i'r ymgynghoriad diweddar

PACEY Cymru share their recent response to the Professional Registration of the childcare and playwork workforce in Wales consultation. PACEY Cymru sy'n rhannu eu hymateb diweddar i'r ymgynghoriad Cofrestru'n broffesiynol y gweithlu Gofal Plant a Gwaith Chwarae yng Nghymru.