January 2019

Updated statistics on the use of 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 2019. 


Childcare minster visits childminding setting in Hayes

The children and families minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP, spent the morning visiting a childminding setting in Hayes, in South East England, run by PACEY member and board member, Vicky Walsh.


Wales Foundation Phase events/Digwyddiadau Cyfnod Sylfaen Cymru

During February and March thanks to Welsh Government funding PACEY Cymru will be offering two training opportunities over seven events.  Yn ystod Chwefror a Mawrth, diolch i arian gan Lywodraeth Cymru bydd PACEY Cymru yn cynnig dau gyfle hyfforddi dros saith digwyddiad.



New report shows workforce challenges in the sector

The Education Policy Institute have published a comparative analysis on the early years workforce in England using the Labour Force Survey. Read our full summary and comments. 


Education inspection framework consultation launches today

After announcing changes to the current common inspection framework (CIF) in October 2018, Ofsted has today published a consultation on proposals for changes to the education inspection framework (EIF) to take effect from September 2019.


Round-up: sugar, screen time and first-aid

It has been a busy week in the news this week, with concerns for children's sugar consumption, as well as life-saving skills and first-aid training. We have put together a news roundup in case you missed anything.


MPs call for reform of Universal Credit childcare support

A cross-party group of MPs has published a report calling for changes to the way that childcare costs are paid in Universal Credit, arguing that the current system “directly conflicts” with the Government’s aim of getting more people into work.