November 2017

Ofsted calls for more reading, writing and maths in Reception

In a new report on the Reception Year, Ofsted argues that a third of children are leaving Reception without the essential knowledge and understanding needed to reach a good level of development.


Public slow to recognise the educational benefits of early years settings

The latest annual  British Social Attitudes survey on attitudes to education and children’s services reveals that the most commonly perceived benefit of nursery or pre-school is interaction and socialisation with others. A minority of the public believes that the main benefit is educational development.


Childcare Expo London is back!

Childcare Expo London is back! Registrations are now live.


Calling all Early Years Teachers

Are you an Early Years Teacher, EYITT course leader, or current or former student enrolled in an EYITT course? If so, we need to hear from you. You can take part in the survey online


Nine in ten providers are judged to be good or outstanding as childminder numbers continue to drop

The latest statistics on childcare providers and inspections from Ofsted reveal a two per cent drop in the number of registered childminders in England, as more than nine in 10 providers on the Early Years Register are judged to be good or outstanding.


Be part of PACEY's Christmas card 2017!

We have launched our Christmas card competition for 2017! Enter your designs and be in with a chance of being 1 of 4 winners appearing on the official PACEY e-Christmas card. T&C's apply.


Full roll-out of Tax-Free Childcare delayed

The full roll-out of Tax-Free Childcare has been delayed until next year for older children. Find out the full details. 


Example menus for early years settings in England published

Public Health England have published example menus and useful guidance for early years settings to help meet the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements for food and drink. PACEY helped to develop the guidance and sample menus because we know our members recognise the importance of good early nutrition. 


Childcare Capacity in Wales

Welsh Government have published a report on Childcare Capacity in Wales to determine the ability of the existing childcare market to provide for potential future demands for childcare, particularly for when the new Childcare Offer is fully rolled out in Wales.


Parliamentarians call for more action to promote physical activity in early childhood

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood has published a report calling on the Government to rethink the role of physical activity in its 2016 Child Obesity Strategy.The MPs and peers argue that physical activity is an essential component of child health and well-being, and that the UK is falling behind other countries in this area.