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Key updates from Ofsted

After PACEY attended an Ofsted consultative forum, there are a number of updates that we are able to share with our members. These include Ofsted IT updates, online notification changes and certificate changes.


DRAFT Revised Early Learning goals released

The Department for Education has released pilot versions of the 'Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage' and 'Early years foundation stage profile 2018 handbook' in advance of its plan to trial their proposed changes to the EYFS Profile with twenty-five schools in England.The pilots, which start in Sept, will assess if the proposed changes will help to reduce teacher workload


Updated guidance on early education and childcare

The Department for Education has updated its full range guidance on government-funded early education and childcare for providers and local authorities, including the statutory guidance, the operational guidance, and the model agreement.


PACEY calls to end the English ban on childminders providing places to related children

New research from PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) has highlighted that tens of thousands of registered childminders in England are missing out on vital income because they are not permitted to offer places to any related children. This is contrast to their colleagues in nurseries and pre-schools in England – and other childminders in Wales.


Exciting news on the Childcare Offer for Wales

Following lobbying on the issue of childminders being unable to access Childcare Offer funding for Wales for related children, and a call for change from PACEY Cymru, Welsh Government have today confirmed revised guidance and also announced the areas for expansion of the Childcare Offer.


Orbit online record keeping system to close

Users of the Orbit online record-keeping system are being urged to download their data from the system before the end of August 2018. On the 1st September 2018 all data stored on the system will be destroyed.


PACEY submits evidence to life chances inquiry

PACEY has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee on the impact that the early years of a child's life have on their life chances. PACEY Chief Executive Liz Bayram also gave evidence in person to the Committee on 12 June.


PACEY volunteers recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours

We are delighted that three of PACEY's volunteers have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year. 


GDPR now live

Today the General Data Protection Regulation becomes law. 


PACEY Cymru at the Senedd

Claire Protheroe, National Manager for Wales for PACEY Cymru gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly's Children, Young People and Education Committee at the Senedd on the Childcare Offer Bill (Wales) which looks at the mechanism of using HMRC to check eligibility for parents/carers looking to access Childcare Offer funding in Wales.