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New First Minister for Wales announced. Cyhoeddwyd Prif Weinidog Newydd Cymru

Mark Drakeford has been elected as the new First Minister for Wales following the announcement from Carwyn Jones earlier this year that he would be resigning from his role.  Etholwyd Mark Drakeford fel Prif Weinidog newydd Cymru yn dilyn cyhoeddiad Carwyn Jones yn gynharach eleni y byddai'n ymddiswyddo o'i rôl.


PACEY President appointed to Ofsted’s new early years forum

PACEY’s President, Penny Tassoni, has been appointed to Ofsted’s new early years pedagogy and practice forum.


Ofsted Annual Report 2017/18

Ofsted has published its Annual Report 2017/18, which includes early years, as well as schools, further education, and skills and social care.


Shine a Light Awards 2019

Pearson and The Communication Trust have once again joined forces to launch the seventh Shine a Light Awards. Find out how to enter and be the next Early Years Setting of the Year!  


Further drop in trainee early years teachers

With new government statistics revealing yet another drop in the number of early years trainee teachers, a new report from Save the Children is calling for reform


Launch of Food and Nutrition Guidance / Canllawiau Bwyd a Maeth

The Welsh Government have launched new Food and Nutrition Guidance for Childcare Providers in Wales.    Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi lansio Canllawiau Bwyd a Maeth ar Gyfer Lleoliadau Gofal Plant newydd yng Nghymru.


Making Tax Digital system updates

HMRC will be undertaking scheduled maintenance to the Making Tax Digital (MTD) VAT service to enable them to release additional functionality. As a result the service will be unavailable from 17:00 on Friday 30 November until 11:00 on Tuesday 4 December.


Sector loses nearly a thousand childminders between March and August

Ofsted has published its latest statistics on childcare providers and inspections, covering the period between 31 March and 31 August 2018. The number of childminders in England has continued to drop, whilst the number of non-domestic providers has increased slightly. Nearly all (95%) of providers have been graded “good” or “outstanding”, including 94% of childminders.


Childcare business grant scheme to close

The Department for Education has today announced that the Childcare Business Grant Scheme that is available to childminders, childcare providers on domestic premises and childminder agencies operating in England will be ending on 31 March 2019. PACEY has written to Government about this issue.