April 2017

New information on the 30 hour offer in England: all you need to know

Make sure you are up to date with the 30 hour offer.


Eligible parents can now begin applying for 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare

Parents can now apply for funded hours. Make sure you are registered and follow this simple guide to applying for both parents and providers. 


Operational guidance to 30 hours has been published

The operational guidance on the 30 hours entitlement relevant to England only, has now been published by the Department for Education. Take a look at our summary and keys points to note. 


Latest figures: Who is eligible for 30 hours?

The government estimates that 390,000 (42%) of 3- and 4-year-olds will be eligible for the 30 hours entitlement that is due to launch in September. Read the latest figures. 


National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) publishes annual nursery survey

Just five months ahead of the 30 hours roll-out, read our summary of the latest research from NDNA.


PACEY responds to Theresa May's announcement

Liz Bayram, PACEY Chief Executive, comments on today's announcement from Government. 


National Children's Day UK 2017

National Children's Day UK 2017 is on Sunday 14th May. Celebrate the rights and freedom of children and get involved. #NCDUK2017


New funding to champion childminding

Thanks to a grant worth almost £400k, PACEY will be able to support many more registered childminders to consider how to make their small businesses more sustainable and whether they could deliver funded early education places.


Care Council for Wales becomes Social Care Wales

On the 1st April the Care Council for Wales became Social Care Wales.  It brings together the Care Council for Wales and the Social Services Improvement Agency, combining their functions for regulating, supporting and developing the workforce and using data and research to improve practice and service delivery.



Ofsted releases latest mythbusting document

Ofsted have published a mythbusting document about early years inspections to challenge the myths and confront any burning questions.