2017 News

Full roll-out of Tax-Free Childcare delayed

The full roll-out of Tax-Free Childcare has been delayed until next year for older children. Find out the full details. 


Example menus for early years settings in England published

Public Health England have published example menus and useful guidance for early years settings to help meet the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements for food and drink. PACEY helped to develop the guidance and sample menus because we know our members recognise the importance of good early nutrition. 


Childcare Capacity in Wales

Welsh Government have published a report on Childcare Capacity in Wales to determine the ability of the existing childcare market to provide for potential future demands for childcare, particularly for when the new Childcare Offer is fully rolled out in Wales.


Parliamentarians call for more action to promote physical activity in early childhood

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood has published a report calling on the Government to rethink the role of physical activity in its 2016 Child Obesity Strategy.The MPs and peers argue that physical activity is an essential component of child health and well-being, and that the UK is falling behind other countries in this area.


PACEY is looking for up to three Trustees to join its Board

PACEY is looking for up to three additional Trustees to join its Board, currently made up of nine individuals with backgrounds in either childcare/early years settings or with commercial skills. Apply with your CV and cover letter by midday on Monday 20 November 2017.


DBS update service no longer mandatory, but strongly recommended

There have been updates from Ofsted reguarding regulation of services of childcare register and applying for the DBS update service.


Over third of children and young people are affected by sleep issues

The Children's Sleep Charity have released their 'Children and Young People's Sleep Manifesto 2017', raising awareness of the importance of sleep to support the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families.


Childcare costs rise four times faster than wages

The latest findings from the Trades Union Congress (TUS) published today reveals that the cost of childcare has grown four times faster than wages since 2008.


2017 EYFSP results in England show modest progress

The 2017 EYFS profile results in England reveal modest progress in a few key areas, but also a slight widening of the gap between the lowest attaining children and all children.


HBCA learner updates: maintenance on Wed 18 Oct

We wanted to let you know that we are upgrading our e-learning platform, the online area where you access your learning materials for HBCA. This essential maintenance work will take place on Wednesday 18 October between 9am and 5pm.