2018 News

Early evidence that rising costs are impacting on early years training and qualifications

Rising costs for childcare providers are leading to a decline in the number of practitioners undertaking a qualification, according to PACEY’s latest Building Blocks research.


All Wales Induction Framework/ Fframwaith Sefydlu Cymru Gyfan

A new induction tool to boost the confidence and skills of early years and childcare workers has been launched by Social Care Wales.  Mae adnodd sefydlu, newydd i godi hyder a gwella sgiliau gweithwyr gofal iechyd a’r blynyddoedd cynnar wedi ei lansio gan Gofal Cymdeithasol Cymru.


Projected £600m underspend in early years sector to go back to the Treasury

Labour analysis from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has revealed spending on the tax-free childcare scheme is projected to be £600m lower than expected over the next four years.


DfE publishes new stats on childcare and early years providers in England

The Department for Education has published its 2018 survey of childcare and early years providers, which includes a separate fees survey for the first time.


Dispelling childminding myths

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), PACEY Cymru, the Northern Ireland Childminding Association (NICMA), Childminding Ireland and the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) are working together to highlight the essential work that professional childminders deliver whilst busting myths and promoting key facts about their childcare services.


Ofsted webinar for childminders in the south east of England

Ofsted are hosting a webinar, taking place on 13 November 2018 for childminders in the South East region of England. You can register your interest here. 


Welsh Government- Childcare Offer sessions/Llywodraeth Cymru-sesiynau Cynnig Gofal Plant

Welsh Government invites you to join one of their autumn regional information exchanges on the Childcare Offer for Wales.  Mae Llywodraeth Cymru’n eich gwahodd i ymuno yn un o ddigwyddiadau Rhanbarthol Cyfnewid Gwybodaeth yn ystod yr Hydref.




EpiPen shortage advice issued

Many childcare providers will be caring for children who need to carry an Adrenaline Auto-Injector (AAI), such as an EpiPen to counter the effects of some allergic reactions. A global shortage of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr is causing some concern. Manufacturers of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr are still experiencing interruptions in production which is impacting on supplies in the UK and around the world.


2018 EYFSP results in England show limited progress

The Department for Education has published a summary of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results in England in 2018. The EYFS profile (EYFSP) summarises and describes children's attainment at the end of the EYFS, usually in reception.


CIW and publishing of childminder reports

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) have confirmed they have brought forward the date on which they will begin publishing childminders inspection reports on the CIW website.