March 2017

National Living Wage increases

As of 1st April 2017, the new National Living Wage will increase.


Early Years Setting of the Year named at Shine a Light Awards 2017

The Shine a Light Awards celebrate the innovative work and excellent pratice in supporting children and young people's communication. Judges included chair of PACEY Jane Comeau. Congratulations to all the winners! 


Cabinet Secretary outlines progress of Childcare Offer for Wales

Communities and Children’s Secretary Carl Sargeant has outlined progress on the Childcare Offer for Wales including the confirmation that Caerphilly will be joining six other local authorities in testing the Childcare Offer for Wales from September 2017.  He also provided further details on the precise areas within those local authorities where the offer will be available.


Government publishes new website 'Childcare Choices'

The government has published a new website for parents and childcare providers to support in the decision for childcare and the effects on providers. 


PACEY Cymru gives evidence on the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill

PACEY Cymru gave evidence on the draft Additional Learning Needs Bill, following formal invitation, to the Welsh Assembly's Children, Young People and Education Committee at the Senedd on the 16th March.  This followed PACEY Cymru's consultation response on the bill.



Further increase in Good and Outstanding settings in England

Today Ofsted published its latest statistics on early years providers and inspections in England, which cover the period from 31 August to 31 December 2016.


New GCSE requirements explained

Following a public consultation late last year, the Government has recently announced that the requirement to have certain GCSEs for holders of EYE to count in setting ratios will be changed from 3 April 2017.


Building Blocks 2017

Research from PACEY illustrates major challenges facing the childcare sector


New EYFS published

The new EYFS has now been released, bringing together changes in legislation published since the 2014 framework


New 30 hours guidance published

The Government has published the early years model agreement and the revised local authority statutory guidance which support delivery of the 30 hours free early entitlement offer.