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Help design your CPD pathway

This consultation is now closed.

We're currently consulting childcare professionals on the continuous professional development (CPD) support they require in the future. The consultation, which builds on previous work with PACEY members, sets out three potential ways forward that will support childminders, nannies and nursery workers to make improvements they need to their childcare practice and plan for their own development as professionals.

The consultation will help PACEY decide on the best framework for its CPD support to members.

This is a key part of PACEY’s wider strategy to support members to deliver high standards of care and learning and ensure greater recognition of the professionalism of everyone working in childcare and early years.

As well as choosing their preferred model, childminders, nannies, and nursery workers are being asked about their motivation to undertake CPD. Respondents so far have confirmed that being able to offer a higher quality of care to children and families is their main motivator.

This feedback will help PACEY to decide the type and mix of training its members should be asked to undertake to achieve PACEY’s Professional Standards, and to develop the structure needed to best support childcare professionals in working towards them.

The online consultation is open to all childcare professionals in England and Wales until 15 December 2013 and there's a chance to win a £50 voucher when you submit your answer. If you are interested in helping to shape the sort of CPD support PACEY will offer in the future, you can find out more and take part in the survey at

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of PACEY, said:

"We know that childminders, nannies and nursery workers are already dedicating significant time and resource to continuously improving their knowledge and skills.

"This consultation will help PACEY continue to provide the best support it can to the sector. Our members are already telling us what practice areas our free training, how-to videos and other practice support should cover. This consultation takes this conversation one step further, asking childcare professionals to tell us the ways in which they want to continuously improve and the areas they are keen to focus on.

‘I hope all childcare professionals take time to respond, so that our final CPD offer is truly based on what the sector wants in terms of support to deliver high standards of care and learning, as well as  support to improve personally, be that by progressing the career, developing a specialism or improving their childcare setting.”