January 2017

New research on the cost and funding of early education

The Department for Education has published new independent research on the cost and funding of early education in England which examines how costs vary between different types of providers and in different parts of the country, as well as the additional costs associated with provision for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND).


Early implementer pilot adds four new areas

Are you a provider based in Dorset, Leicestershire, North Yorkshire or Tower Hamlets?

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that from this April, providers based in these four local authority areas in England will able to participate in the 30-hours free childcare trial.


New SEED report highlights features of good practice in early education

The latest report from SEED (Study of Early Education and Development) describes the key features of good practice in early education. SEED is a major longitudinal study which is following 6,000 children from age 2 to 7. Unlike previous studies of this type, such as the EPPE project, childminders are included in the research.


New guidance on hand washing

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released new guidance on hand washing and hygiene for all children and young people. 


Government reports

Today the Government has released a number of reports concerning the early years and government-funded early education and childcare.

We have provided a brief overview below and will summarise information particularly relevant for PACEY members in the coming weeks.


Oral health in early years settings

Public Health England have published a toolkit to support supervised tooth brushing programmes within early years settings and schools. The aim of this is to support oral health awareness in children aged 2 - 4 years old to ensure that children are ready for school.


PACEY Cymru signs Digital Inclusion Charter for Wales

PACEY Cymru has signed the Digital Inclusion Charter for Wales and in doing so showed our commitment to support members to become more digitally enabled.


Help from HMRC

We work closely with HMRC to ensure that you have the help you need when it comes to tax return time. 


Funded places: how much are you set to receive?

From April 2017, local authorities in England will be changing the hourly rates they pay providers to deliver funded places for 3- and 4-year-olds. The new rates will be based on the new Early Years National Funding Formula, which is changing the way that money is allocated from central government to local authorities, and from local authorities to providers. 


Avian Flu in the UK

As some registered childminders in England and Wales keep chickens, other wildfowl or other caged birds, we've brought together recent guidance on prevention and steps that need to be taken given recent outbreaks of Avian Flu across the UK. Avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds, but is of public health importance as it has the potential to spread to humans who have contact with infected birds.