July 2017

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.


Tracy Brabin appointed as Labour's new shadow early years minister

Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, has been confirmed as the new shadow minister for early years in the Labour party.


New minister of state for children and families confirmed

PACEY welcomes the news that Robert Goodwill has been appointed as the new minister of state for children and families at the Department for Education.