PACEY is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever
Practice Discussion, where childcare professionals come
together to discuss the practice issues that matter most to them
and to debate the issues with parents and other professionals.
Our first ever Practice Discussion will
focus on the issue of school readiness. We want to hear what you
and other childcare professionals think this means? What are the
important ways you support young children through this important
transition in life? What could be done to improve the support
As you may know the term ‘school ready’ gets
banded around a lot in the early years. English Education Secretary
Michael Gove has complained that many children arrive in school
“totally unprepared to learn” and English Childcare Minister
Liz Truss recently branded some early years’ childcare as “chaotic
settings, where children are running around with no sense of
purpose”. In the Commons Truss told MPs: “It is a very sad fact
that 33 per cent of children arrive at school without the requisite
communication and language skills that they need to take part in
PACEY’s School Ready discussion
(which will take place over the summer and will involve parents,
teachers and indeed children themselves) will hear what the
professionals and parents caring for children every day think
school ready means. Through a combination of surveys, focus groups
and on-line debates, PACEY will draw together all the different
perspectives together in a new research report which it will
publish in September.
PACEY’s goal is to support childcare
professionals to develop a shared understanding of what
school ready really means and to highlight what more everyone
involved in caring for children could do to support children as
they start school.
You can join in the School Ready Debate today by
taking part in a short survey. The
survey will take no longer than five minutes to
complete and all respondents will be entered into a prize draw with
the chance to win a £60 Debenhams voucher.
This Practice Debate will be the
first of many opportunities for our members – nannies, childminders
and nursery workers – to come together and shape thinking on an
issue of shared concern. Please find time to take part before the
survey closes on 17 June.
Please take part in our survey and enter your
feedback at http://www.surveytool.com/s/S70B82F54E.
If you live in Wales, please visit http://www.surveytool.com/s/S78ABA356E.
The questions are slightly different to reflect the difference
between the two counties' frameworks.