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Government plan to improve social mobility through education

The Government in England has released a national plan to support children and young people to reach their full potential. The new plan 'Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential' was unveiled by Education Secretary Justine Greening aims to have social mobility at the heart of education policy.


Additional Learning Needs Bill

The Welsh Government have announced today that the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill has been passed by the Welsh Assembly.  This follows on from PACEY Cymru supporting work on the content of this bill over the past year.  


Ofsted publishes Annual Report 2016/17

Ofsted has published its Annual Report 2016/17. Read a summary of the report and comment from PACEY's Chief Executive, Liz Bayram.


Welsh Government change in guidance

PACEY Cymru have been disappointed to learn that Welsh Government have changed the guidance to the Childcare Offer for parents who wish to use a registered childminder who is also a relative.  This change means that childminders in Wales are now in a similar position to childminders in England where they are unable to provide funded childcare for related children.  PACEY Cymru will be working closely with policy colleagues in England to lobby on this issue and call for a change to the law.


Merry Christmas to all members and partners

As the year draws to a close here is our festive roundup to celebrate just some of PACEY's achievements over 2017. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members, partners and suppliers. 


Help to make a simpler, clearer Ofsted website

To help Ofsted make the new website simple and clear to use, they would like to speak to people thinking about becoming a childminder — like you.


Last ordering dates before Christmas

If you're looking for a Christmas gift, don't leave it too late!


Consultation on level 2 qualifications criteria in England

The Department for Education has published a new consultation on level 2 childcare qualifications criteria in England, which PACEY helped to draft. The deadline to respond is 28th February 2018.


New SEED report on quality in group early years settings in England

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) project has published a report on the quality of group early years provision. Read a summary of the findings and comment from PACEY Chief Executive Liz Bayram.


New consultation on eligibility for the two-year-old offer

The Government is consulting on changes to the eligibility criteria for the free early education entitlement for two-year-olds under Universal Credit, claiming that 8,000 more children could benefit.