October 2018

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. 


Ofsted unveils details of new inspection framework

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, has provided new details of planned changes to the way Ofsted inspects schools, colleges, further education institutions and early years settings from September 2019, when the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) will be replaced with the Education Inspection Framework (EIF).


Early years graduates needed for major new study

The University of Sheffield is looking for EYTs/EYPs to interview for a major international study on the impact of early years graduates on quality improvement in early years programmes.


PACEY responds to inaccurate stories on childminders

PACEY was frustrated and dismayed to read articles in the Sun, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail newspapers that claim that children that go to nursery do better than those looked after by childminders. We have responded to the articles and written to the editors.