2018 News

MPs call for more funding for 30 hours

An influential cross-party group of MPs in the House of Commons Treasury Committee has today published a unanimously-agreed report on childcare which makes a series of recommendations to the Government. PACEY submitted evidence to this inquiry on 30 hour scheme, and was quoted in the report.


PACEY launches sector-wide survey - Building Blocks 2018

The Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) is launching its annual sector-wide survey which will provide a unique insight into the issues facing early years professionals.


New online course - Food Safety and Hygiene for EY settings

PACEY is delighted to launch its latest online course – PACEY level 2 food safety and hygiene in early years settings. This course has been designed to support early years practitioners in England and Wales when providing food for children in their setting.


CIW to publish childminders inspection reports

CIW will begin publishing childminders inspection reports in Wales on the CIW website from April 3rd 2018.


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 spring term 2018. 


New report shows emerging downward trend in qualification levels

The Education Policy Institute has published a comprehensive analysis of the early years workforce in England examining staff composition, qualifications, pay, and other trends and assessing the implications for the future of early years provision.


Childcare vouchers extended

The Government has agreed to delay the scrapping of the childcare voucher scheme for at least another six months. The scheme was due to be closed to new entrants from 6 April 2018. The change was made following a debate on the issue in the House of Commons during which MPs from all parties voiced opposition to the scheme’s closure.


How much does childcare actually cost in England? Have your say!

Six months after the rollout of 30 hours, the DfE is now giving childcare providers another opportunity to explain how much it costs to deliver a place by submitting their financial information. Providers are being asked to return the complete a provider costs template to DfE by 30th April 2018 at the latest.


GDPR resources now available from PACEY

To help support the sector in understanding and implementing the changes around GDPR, PACEY has released a series of easy-to-use resources. Access them today. 


PACEY response to QTS consultation

PACEY has submitted a response to the Department for Education’s consultation on Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Read more about the consultation and PACEY's push to the Goverment to carefully consider the impacts of any changes to QTS on Early Years Teachers.