February 2019

Cost of childcare continues to rise in spite of increased government spending

Coram Family and Childcare has published the results of its Childcare Survey 2019, which has found that once again the cost of childcare across the UK has risen.


Childcare Offer for Wales funding clarification/Y Cynnig Gofal Plant i Gymru a thaliadau ychwanegol

The Welsh Government have provided guidance on queries raised by the sector about the rate paid for the Childcare Offer for Wales and additional charges that may be charged by settings to parents.  Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi rhoi arweiniad pellach ynglŷn â’r ymholiadau a godwyd gan y sector o ran y gyfradd a delir ar gyfer y Cynnig Gofal Plant i Gymru a thaliadau ychwanegol y gallai sefydliadau eu codi ar rieni. 


EY smart – a step-change in CPD for early years practitioners

Today sees PACEY start work on our innovative new digital CPD resource EY smart. Launched later this year, it will be free to practitioners.


Together for Twos - supporting 2 year olds

PACEY is delighted to be launching Together for Twos, a project working with seven local authorities in England to support the parental take up of the 2-year-old offer with a focus on the benefits of using a childminder and increasing partnership with all early years professionals. 


Education inspection framework: consultation guide

Read our handy guide to the key proposed changes to inspection in England, and make sure you respond to Ofsted’s consultation by 5th April.


Ofsted registration getting back on track

Ofsted confirm childminder registration process is getting back on track after significant IT delays.


Education committee calls for new approach to tackling disadvantage in the early years

An all-party group of MPs in the House of Commons has published a report on tackling disadvantage in the early years, arguing that the Government has a “confused” approach to early years education, and policies such as 30 hours appear to be “entrenching disadvantage”.


Get involved in the 200 million minutes reading challenge

​We are very excited to announce that we’re supporting the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a global reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. 


Malaysian early years delegation visits PACEY

A delegation from the early years sector in Malaysia recently visited PACEY’s headquarters in Bromley to find out more about the support we provide practitioners, and the childcare and early years landscape in the UK.


Invite for early years engagement events - curriculum workshops

Ofsted are inviting early years practitioners to attend one of the Early Years Curriculum Workshops, which are taking place on various dates and locations. All details, including timings, can be found during registration. Find out more.