2017 News

CSSIW propose changes to DBS checks

CSSIW are proposing changes to how childcare providers apply for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks in Wales for CSSIW applications or renewals.  This includes the payment of fees by the childcare provider for each DBS check required.  They are looking for the views of providers on these changes.


30 hours, the debate continues

30 hours is continuing to be a heated debate within the early years sector including a story on Nursery World and most recently, an open letter to Theresa May PM that was posted on the PACEY Facebook page. 


Challenges continue for practitioners to remain sustainable

There have been continued issues with the general sustainability of practitioners in light of the up coming 30 hours funding in England. This includes confusion over a number of issues including the need for business support. Get clarification on these issues and find support from PACEY. 


One month to go until 30 hours - have your say

With just one month to go before 30 hours funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds is rolled out across England, PACEY is asking childminders how they are planning to respond with a snap poll, launched today.


Ask PACEY for one-to-one support

You’re doing a great job, but sometimes things will happen that make you want to seek reassurance from someone who knows. Thankfully, personal, practical advice on how to deal with everyday childcare situations is only ever a phone call away.


PACEY and Institute of Health Visiting join forces to raise parental awareness of childminders

PACEY and the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) have launched a campaign to help parents understand the childcare choices available to them, and of the important role that childminders can play.


PACEY launches new business resource for childminders

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has launched a new business toolkit to support the sustainability of new and established childminding settings.


Government publishes independent evaluation of the 30 hour pilots in England

The evaluation of 8 trials of the 'free' early education entitlement and the early innovators programme as been released, looking into the potential success of 30 hours. Read PACEY's full summary and comments from Director of Partnerships, Sue McVay.


Updated guidance on 30 hours published

The Department for Education has updated the operational guidance for local authorities and providers on early years entitlements, including 30 hours, which comes into effect in September. The updated guidance contains more detailed information on the local authority audit process, as well as parent eligibility for 30 hours, and the associated application and validity checking processes.


New study finds childminders improve young children’s language and behaviour

The Department for Education has published two new reports from the Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) - a long-term study looking at the impact and value for money of funded early education and childcare.