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NEWS: PACEY features in global research into support programmes for home-based childcare

Spring Impact new research shares insights and recommendations for funders, policymakers, and other early childhood care and education stakeholders. As one of the largest professional associations for early years providers in the UK, PACEY took part in the research. 


NEWS: Coronavirus circuit break in Wales / Cyfnod atal y coronafeirws yng Nghymru

A short, sharp “circuit breaker” or “fire-break” will be introduced across Wales from 6pm Friday 23 October until the start of Monday 9 November 2020. Bydd “cyfnod atal byr” yn cael ei gyflwyno ar draws Cymru a o 6pm ddydd Gwener 23 Hydref tan ddechrau dydd Llun 9 Tachwedd 2020.


NEWS: New Covid-19 three tiered system announced in England

This afternoon, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken in the House of Commons to announce the new three tiered system for local Covid-19 levels across England to be in force from Wednesday 14 October.


NEWS: Facebook live with Dr Julian Grenier, 30 September at 7pm

We'll be chatting to Dr Julian Grenier live on Facebook on Wednesday 30 September at 7pm about Development Matters, the changes - and what they mean for providers. Plus we'll get all your questions answered.


NEWS: Chancellor announces updated Covid-19 financial support

Today Rishi Sunak MP, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, set out how the government will continue to support jobs and the economy, as the pandemic presents on-going challenges for all aspects of society. We have summarised the relevant updates we have so far but expect more information to be released throughout the day and over the coming weeks.


NEWS: Businesses, parents and childcare sector call for investment to stem Covid childcare crisis

Today a broad group of organisations representing businesses, parents, children, childcare providers, and workers united to renew pressure on the Treasury to take action to prevent nurseries and childminders from closing up shop due to coronavirus and issue a joint statement on childcare.


NEWS: New self-isolation support payment

PACEY has welcomed the government’s new £500 Test and Trace Support payment to help people on lower incomes to self-isolate without worrying about their finances.


NEWS: Updates to early years guidance for Covid-19 in England published

Following announcements today from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the "Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak" guidance has been updated.


NEWS: PACEY Cymru book launch/Lansiad llyfr PACEY Cymru

International ‘Talk like a pirate day’ on Saturday was chosen as the date for launch of the new PACEY Cymru storybook Pirate Puw’s Quest.  Dewiswyd Diwrnod Cenedlaethol ‘Siarad fel Môr Leidr’ fel y dyddiad ar gyfer lansio llyfr stori newydd PACEY Cymru, Chwilfa Puw y Môr Leidr.


NEWS: Testing turmoil for childcare providers in England

PACEY has this week been overwhelmed by many of its 20,000 members in England – childminders, nurseries and pre-schools – saying they cannot access the Covid-19 tests they need to know if they must temporarily close their service due to a suspected case of the virus. PACEY is calling on the Department for Education to take urgent steps to address the current delays to Covid-19 testing.