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: Our telephone lines will be closed today between 12:30pm - 1:30pm

The PACEY phone lines will be closed today from 12:30pm - 1:30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.


NEWS: Face covering guidance to remain until 17 May at earliest

Yesterday (6 April) the Government announced that guidance around the use of face coverings indoors in education settings will continue after the Easter break in England. This means that staff and adult visitors as well as pupils in year 7 and above should use face coverings in the ‘recommended circumstances’ set out in the Face coverings in education guidance.


NEWS: Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee launches in England

From today (1 April 2021) eligible adults in England will be able to sign up to the range of courses and qualifications free of charge as part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee offer.


NEWS: New Nanny Scheme in Wales/Cynllun Nani Newydd yng Nghymru

The Approval of Home Childcare Providers (Wales) Scheme 2021 opens today / Mae Cymeradwyo Cynllun Darparwyr Gofal Plant yn y Cartref (Cymru) 2021 yn agor heddiw.


NEWS: Government publishes EYFS framework for September 2021

Today the Department for Education has published the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework which will be laid before Parliament to come into force in England on 1 September 2021.


NEWS: Ofsted announces its return to inspections in England

Ofsted has today updated the ‘current activity’ section of its Ofsted COVID-19 rolling update with further information about the plans for inspection and regulatory work of early years and childcare providers in England.


NEWS: Frequently asked questions on funding allocations in 2021-22

The Government recently announced its approach for early years funding allocations in England during the spring term 2021 and beyond. We have answered some of your questions about this here. 


NEWS: Changes to the Test and Trace support payment for parents in England

Parents and carers of children in England who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria.


NEWS: Update regarding home testing and shielding guidance

The DfE has issued further information on the expansion of home testing in England to childminders and others in ‘related occupations’ and shared an announcement on shielding guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable which will be paused from 1 April 2021. 


NEWS: Childminders and nannies in England offered home testing kits

After weeks of uncertainty, childminders and nannies in England will now be able to order lateral flow test kits for regular asymptomatic Covid-testing at home thanks to ongoing lobbying PACEY has undertaken, with help from our members.