March 2018

Foundation Phase Excellence Network launched in Wales

A new network which aims to improve the teaching and learning of the Foundation Phase across all schools and education settings in Wales was launched by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams yesterday during a visit to Llanrhidian Primary School in Swansea.



Calling all early years practitioners in London

The London Mayor has recently published Early Years in London: A baseline and consultation. The Major wants to hear about the key challenges you face, examples of what works, and future plans.  The consultation closes on Friday 28th May 2018.


Drop in childminders continues as inspection judgements improve

Ofsted has published its termly statistics on childcare providers and inspections in England covering the period between 31 August 2017 and 31 December 2017. The statistics show another slight decrease in the number of registered childminders, and an increase in the number of non-domestic providers. Read the full results. 


PACEY shortlisted for Memcom Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce that PACEY has been shortlisted in the prestigious Memcom Awards 2018. MemCom (short for Membership Communications) is a resource for membership bodies, charities and not for profits.


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.