January 2016

Planning issues in Wales

Childminders in Wales are facing planning issues arising from the confirmed changes to childcare regulation in Wales from April 2016.


Ofsted publishes new inspection handbook for childminding agencies

Ofsted has published a new inspection framework for childminder agencies in draft form.


PACEY sets out vision for developing the early years workforce

We set out how early years and childcare professionals can be better supported to deliver high quality care and early education, and encouraged to stay and progress in the profession.


Early Minds Matter: mental health training tools for childcare professionals

PACEY, MindED and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have joined forces to provide PACEY members with free online training focussed on understanding child mental health.


HMRC tax updates

If you're self employed, don't forget that the self-assessment tax deadline is approaching. Plus details of how HMRC plan to make tax simpler.


Jenny Chapman confirmed as new shadow minister for childcare

Jenny Chapman has been confirmed as the new shadow minister for childcare, following on from Pat Glass’s departure as she goes on to become shadow minister for Europe. 


Nominate a childcare setting for the Chatterbox Challenge!

Can’t take part in Chatterbox Challenge yourself? Or want to help us spread the word? Nominate a childcare setting to take part here.


5-year-olds consume their body weight in sugar every year

New figures show that 4-to-10 year olds are consuming over 5,500 sugar cubes a year.


Former PACEY Vice President honoured by The Queen

David Lane has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2016.