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Supporting the transition to school

Families all over England have this week been told which school their child will begin at in September. If you're working with children starting school later this year, we have a range of resources to help.


New intergenerational learning scheme for early years settings

A new intergenerational scheme has been unveiled this month, in a bid to improve the emotional wellbeing and development of youngsters in early years settings and care home residents, while also teaching them a second language.


Latest statistics on 30 hours released

The Department for Education (DfE) has released the latest statistics on the number of 30 hours childcare codes issued and validated for the summer term 2018. 


Welsh Government issues update on the Childcare Offer for Wales

Huw Irranca-Davies , the Minister for Children and Social Care for the Welsh Government has issued a Written Statement giving an update on the Childcare Offer for Wales including plans for expansion.


Government publishes outcome of primary assessment consultation in England

The Department for Education has today published the outcome of the consultation on Primary Assessment. Read the full consultation and commitments from the Government. The DfE intends to develop a statutory assessment ready for introduction by autumn 2020. 



More than a Score coalition issues open letter to Government

The More than a Score coalition, a group of early years organisations, researchers and teaching unions has issued an open letter in opposition to the governments plans to introduce Baseline Assessment tests in reception classes.  


DBS checks in Wales

PACEY Cymru have previously shared information on changes to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks in Wales.   Following a meeting with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) following confusion around the changes in DBS Checks in Wales from April we have received confirmation on a number of issues and have included these in some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s). 


Foundation Phase Excellence Network launched in Wales

A new network which aims to improve the teaching and learning of the Foundation Phase across all schools and education settings in Wales was launched by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams yesterday during a visit to Llanrhidian Primary School in Swansea.



Calling all early years practitioners in London

The London Mayor has recently published Early Years in London: A baseline and consultation. The Major wants to hear about the key challenges you face, examples of what works, and future plans.  The consultation closes on Friday 28th May 2018.


Drop in childminders continues as inspection judgements improve

Ofsted has published its termly statistics on childcare providers and inspections in England covering the period between 31 August 2017 and 31 December 2017. The statistics show another slight decrease in the number of registered childminders, and an increase in the number of non-domestic providers. Read the full results.