2017 News

PACEY Cymru gives evidence on the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill

PACEY Cymru gave evidence on the draft Additional Learning Needs Bill, following formal invitation, to the Welsh Assembly's Children, Young People and Education Committee at the Senedd on the 16th March.  This followed PACEY Cymru's consultation response on the bill.



Further increase in Good and Outstanding settings in England

Today Ofsted published its latest statistics on early years providers and inspections in England, which cover the period from 31 August to 31 December 2016.


New GCSE requirements explained

Following a public consultation late last year, the Government has recently announced that the requirement to have certain GCSEs for holders of EYE to count in setting ratios will be changed from 3 April 2017.


Building Blocks 2017

Research from PACEY illustrates major challenges facing the childcare sector


New EYFS published

The new EYFS has now been released, bringing together changes in legislation published since the 2014 framework


New 30 hours guidance published

The Government has published the early years model agreement and the revised local authority statutory guidance which support delivery of the 30 hours free early entitlement offer.


Government publishes long-awaited early years workforce strategy

The Department of Education (DfE) has published an early years workforce strategy for England which outlines a series of measures to attract new joiners to the sector and retain and develop existing members of the workforce.


PACEY welcomes decision on GCSE requirements

Today the Childcare and Early Years Minister, Caroline Dinenage, has announced that the Government will now accept functional skills as an equivalent to GCSEs for level 3 early years practitioners. Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of PACEY comments. 


Childcare Business Grants available until March 2018

Grants of up to £1000 are available for those in England setting up new childminding businesses.


Annual childcare survey reveals that childcare costs twice as much as food and drink

Key findings from the 16th annual Childcare Survey from the Family and Childcare Trust and comments from PACEY's Chief Executive Liz Bayram.