PACEY has responded today to the Government consultation on
changes to the School Admissions Code. We raised concerns about the
proposal to allow primary schools to prioritise admission for
children eligible for the service or new Early Years Pupil Premium,
if the child also attends a nursery operated by the
Though PACEY fully supports prioritising
school admission for children from disadvantaged or service
families, we believe this added requirement for the child to have
attended a school-linked nursery is unnecessary, restricts parental
choice and could affect the sustainability of other local early
We also welcomed the clarification of
regulations around admissions arrangements for summer-born
children, but called for a play-based and child-centred approach to
support all children, no matter what their date of birth, and well
into their first years at school.
PACEY will continue to offer the voice of
childcare to Government, and call for more support across the full
range of childcare providers. Please follow this link for
our full response to the consultation.
If you didn’t see it the first time around, we
also released a set of school ready resources in August. Click here
for more information
about our #readyforschool campaign!