2017 News

Government publishes parents' survey on childcare and early years provision in England

The Department for Education has published the latest childcare and early years survey of parents, which looks at parents' use, views and experience of childcare and early years provision in England.


Updated statistics on the use of 30 hours released

Experimental statistics on the use of 30 hours free childcare in the first term of national rollout, from September to December 2017.


30 hours extended to foster children in England

Minister Robert Goodwill announced today that the 30 hours offer will be extented to foster carers. Details will be released in due course. 


Welsh Government publishes 10 year Childcare, Play and Early Years Workforce Plan

The Welsh Government has published their 10 year Childcare, Play and Early Years workforce plan focusing delivery on three key themes of attracting high quality new entrants to the sector, raising standards and skills across the sector; and investing in building capacity and capability across the sector to support economic growth and sustainability.


Government plan to improve social mobility through education

The Government in England has released a national plan to support children and young people to reach their full potential. The new plan 'Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential' was unveiled by Education Secretary Justine Greening aims to have social mobility at the heart of education policy.


Additional Learning Needs Bill

The Welsh Government have announced today that the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill has been passed by the Welsh Assembly.  This follows on from PACEY Cymru supporting work on the content of this bill over the past year.  


Ofsted publishes Annual Report 2016/17

Ofsted has published its Annual Report 2016/17. Read a summary of the report and comment from PACEY's Chief Executive, Liz Bayram.


Welsh Government change in guidance

PACEY Cymru have been disappointed to learn that Welsh Government have changed the guidance to the Childcare Offer for parents who wish to use a registered childminder who is also a relative.  This change means that childminders in Wales are now in a similar position to childminders in England where they are unable to provide funded childcare for related children.  PACEY Cymru will be working closely with policy colleagues in England to lobby on this issue and call for a change to the law.


Merry Christmas to all members and partners

As the year draws to a close here is our festive roundup to celebrate just some of PACEY's achievements over 2017. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members, partners and suppliers. 


Help to make a simpler, clearer Ofsted website

To help Ofsted make the new website simple and clear to use, they would like to speak to people thinking about becoming a childminder — like you.