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PACEY Members Honoured by The Queen

Three members of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2016.

Christine Emery, Joana Smith and Penny Webb all receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in recognition of their charity and volunteer work.

Christine Emery

Christine started volunteering nearly 30 years ago, in the late 1980s, when she took on the role of treasurer at her local mother and toddler group. She soon became a volunteer support buddy for Nottinghamshire Local Authority, helping newly registered childminders with paperwork and giving peer support to increase workforce retention rates.

Christine was involved in resurrecting Nottingham and County’s childminding association and has been a very active volunteer for PACEY. In 2014 Christine was given Honorary Life Membership of PACEY in recognition of her continuing support to raise standards of childcare in her area.

Joana Smith

A registered childminder for over 17 years, Joana initially chose childminding as a profession because it would enable her to continue working and to look after her own children, she has never looked back.

Joana quickly found childcare to be her passion and she began training in earnest so she could give the best possible service to parents and children.

A volunteer facilitator for PACEY since March 2012, Joana recently received Honorary Life Membership of PACEY in recognition of her dedication to early years.



Penny Webb

Recently retired as a registered childminder after a total of 26 years, Penny took on her first volunteer role as a  teenager in the Girl Guides. Since then she has been a parent helper at playgroup, school and Brownies, and now Penny volunteers for a large number of early years organisations.

Putting in countless hours every month to help share information and encourage partnership working, Penny was nominated for a Nursery World Award in 2014, receiving many supporting statements reflecting the high regard in which she is held within the early years sector.

The BEM recipients will officially be presented with their medals at a series of local events around the UK in 2017.

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of PACEY, said: “It is such an achievement to have not one, but three key individuals who have worked with PACEY being honoured in this way. The support that Christine, Joana and Penny have provided to both peers, and to the early years sector as a whole, is second to none. PACEY works tirelessly to champion the role of childcare professionals and it is fantastic for three childminders to receive such an esteemed accolade. They have all played a vital role in building bright futures for the hundreds of children they have cared for over the years.”