2018 News

Latest statistics on 30 hours released

The Department for Education (DfE) has released the latest statistics on the number of 30 hours childcare codes issued and validated for the autumn term 2018 and the final numbers for the end of the summer term 2018.


PACEY members shortlisted for Nursery World Awards 2018

Congratulations to all PACEY members nominated for the 2018 Nursery World Awards. 


Safeguarding statutory guidance updates

Department for Education have updated the statutory guidance and framework on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 


Disqualification by association removed for schools and group settings

Following a consultation in 2016, the Government has decided to remove disqualification by association for staff in schools and non-domestic early years settings. Childminders are unaffected by the change, and remain subject to disqualification by association.


Three out of four eligible children take up 30 hours, with greater role for childminders

The Department for Education has published the annual Early Years Census, which reveals that a majority of eligible two-three-, and four-year-olds are accessing funded early education in a good or outstanding setting. The DfE estimates that three out of four eligible children are taking up 30 hours, and more childminders are delivering funded places than ever before.


No end to childminder slump in sight

Ofsted have released their statistics on childcare providers and inspections in England covering the period between 31 December 2017 and 31 March 2018. 


Key updates from Ofsted

After PACEY attended an Ofsted consultative forum, there are a number of updates that we are able to share with our members. These include Ofsted IT updates, online notification changes and certificate changes.


DRAFT Revised Early Learning goals released

The Department for Education has released pilot versions of the 'Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage' and 'Early years foundation stage profile 2018 handbook' in advance of its plan to trial their proposed changes to the EYFS Profile with twenty-five schools in England.The pilots, which start in Sept, will assess if the proposed changes will help to reduce teacher workload


Updated guidance on early education and childcare

The Department for Education has updated its full range guidance on government-funded early education and childcare for providers and local authorities, including the statutory guidance, the operational guidance, and the model agreement.


PACEY calls to end the English ban on childminders providing places to related children

New research from PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) has highlighted that tens of thousands of registered childminders in England are missing out on vital income because they are not permitted to offer places to any related children. This is contrast to their colleagues in nurseries and pre-schools in England – and other childminders in Wales.