January 2018

Raising awareness of a career in the childcare industry

As part of the ongoing Inspiring A Future in Childcare campaign, there will be a Childcare Career Speed Networking event on Thursday 1 February to raise awareness of the range of career options which exist in the childcare sector. Learn more about how you can get involved in future events.


Continued investment and support needed for childcare and early education workforce

Save the Children have released their latest report on childcare 'Lost opportunities, Lost incomes - Why families in England need further reform of childcare and early education to get into work'.


PACEY products survey - have your say

We are continually looking for ways to improve our member benefits, and we would really value your feedback on the product areas you think we should be focusing on. Fill in our survey with a chance to win a £50 love2shop voucher!


Tax-free childcare service expanded to more parents

Parents of children aged 9 and under can now apply to join the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme.


Making Tax Digital - updates

Back in 2015, the government announced plans for a transformed tax system, Making Tax Digital. New updates give more detail about changes to the timings and scope of the scheme.


GDPR is coming – and PACEY is here to help

From 25th May 2018, data protection rules will change with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is a wide-ranging change that will affect businesses across the EU. All businesses will be impacted – even a small, one-person business such as a childminding business.


Nadhim Zahawi MP to have responsibility in early years

A recent cabinet reshuffle has led to a number of ministerial changes at the Department for Education (DfE). Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford-on Avon, has been brought into the DfE as a junior education minister. He has confirmed on social media that he will be taking on responsibility for early years, as well as social work.  


Economic Review of the Childcare Sector in Wales

The Welsh Government has published a report commissioned by Alma Economics on an economic Review of the Childcare Sector in Wales. 


Latest 30 hours statistics published by Department for Education

The Department for Education has released the latest statistics on the number of 30 hours childcare codes issued and validated for the spring term 2018 as well as a local authority breakdown. 


Tax changes in Wales

From 6 April 2019, Welsh rates of income tax will be introduced.  Income tax will continue to be collected by HMRC. You will not need do anything as long as HMRC has your correct address - check and update your address through your personal tax account.