September 2017

Consultation on functional skills - give your views

The Department for Education is consulting on reformed subject content for Functional Skills qualifications in Mathematics and English.


Childminders and funding for related children

PACEY has been calling for over a decade for childminders to be permitted to deliver funded places to related children. Now, the ban on related children in England and Wales is becoming even more significant in light of 30 hours in England and the Childcare Offer in Wales. Find out more about our campaign.


New study links early language to child well-being

New research from the Early Intervention Foundation has found that child well-being is closely linked to early language skills, something that childminding settings have been found to promote particularly well.


Labour renews vow to extend universal free childcare

The Labour Party has renewed its key manifesto vows around childcare and early years at its annual conference in Brighton.


Welsh Government #Talkchildcare campaign responses

Following the start of the #Talkchildcare campaign Welsh Government have considered the responses and feedback received and have updated their web pages to reflect the key messages parents and providers have raised.  PACEY Cymru have also responded to these findings.


Exceptions to usual childminding ratios: PACEY's view

After PACEY received confirmation from the Department for Education about ratios in regards to providing wraparound care for three- or four-year olds taking up their 30-hour place at a school, we have released our official statement. 


Ofsted survey to improve online experience for childminders

Ofsted are asking childminders to fill in this survey to help them understand further about the online process when you are registering and using the site. 


Childminding ratios and 30 hours in England

PACEY has received confirmation from the Department for Education that a childminder providing wraparound care for a three- or four-year-old taking up their 30-hour place at a school may be able to invoke the exception to the usual ratios outlined in the EYFS.


Government response to primary assessment in England

The Government have published their response to the primary assessment public consulations. Read our full summary. 


Welsh Language Tool

PACEY Cymru alongside Cwlwm partners is supporting the National Centre for Learning Welsh with the development of a tool to enable early years and childcare professionals to establish the level of their Welsh language skills and to support opportunities for development of these.