2015 News

Evaluation of the Foundation Phase in Wales finds ‘play-based approach to learning’ a success

The Welsh government has published the final valuation report on the Foundation Phase (the statutory curriculum for children aged 3 to 7), following a three-year consultation process involving a number of universities.



Be part of the Smart Start Club

Youth Sport Direct and YMCA, our partners in Be Real, have designed a new resource for those working in the early years. The Smart Start Club pack helps you to engage children in fun and effective physical activity, supporting development of the whole child and complementing the EYFS framework.


RESPECT Disability Awareness Training Days

A free training course on disability for childcare professionals in Wales.


Sam Gyimah reappointed minister

Sam Gyimah is to continue in the role of Childcare and Education minister which he held during the coalition’s tenure.


"Learn through play" says PACEY survey

The overriding message from PACEY’s childcare sector survey is that pre-school children should be allowed to learn and develop life skills through play rather than formal, structured learning.


Election Outcome - PACEY reaction

PACEY reaction to election outcome: We must ensure that quality takes centre stage


Raw jelly cubes risk

We would like to draw your attention to the results of a recent Coroner’s inquest into the death of a child in a nursery where raw jelly cubes were used as part of sensory play, during a free-flow arrangement within the nursery


PACEY says ‘Young Men into Childcare’ scheme must provide ongoing support if it is to succeed.

The Fatherhood Institute has launched a scheme in the London borough of Tower Hamlets to draw young men from disadvantaged backgrounds into childcare.


Quality over quantity open letter

PACEY signs open letter urging childcare policies to focus on quality over quantity


Abandon baseline testing

PACEY has joined with other early years organisations and experts to express our opposition to the planned introduction of baseline assessments in reception.