Since launching our Together for Twos funded project in England the development teams have been working to provide national and local interventions to:
- Grow the number of disadvantaged families taking up the 2-year-old offer with childminders.
- Where appropriate grow the number of childminders offering the entitlement.
- Increase number of delivery partnerships between schools, nurseries and childminders in target areas.
Working in partnership with seven local authorities, we have been talking to parents and professionals to dispel the myths about childminding as either a career or childcare choice as well as provide information and resources to the local area. This has included our partnership with Job Centre Plus, online campaigns and getting out in the local area. BookStart events, visiting children centres, attending job fairs and presenting at conferences are just some of the events we have taken part in, all with the aim of promoting the 2-year-old offer and the benefits of childcare to parents.
Today, as part of this project, PACEY is launching the new 2-year-olds area of the website where practitioners can explore a collection of ideas, inspiration and tools to help them reflect on and extend their practice working with toddlers. From top tips and videos, to case studies and digital downloads there is something useful for all practitioners to help develop their 2-year-old provision.
We have also updated our parent section, Business Smart and partnership area to further encourage home learning and help parents and professionals understand all the childcare options available and the benefit of using childcare for a toddler.
Theresa Johnson, Together for Twos project manager, comments on the new resources:
“PACEY are delighted to be able to share a range of resources aimed at supporting the valuable work you do when working with 2 year olds and their families. Whether you are currently delivering the early years entitlement or if it’s something you are considering you'll find practical tips here to support you.
We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for further resources that can support you in your valuable work, so please do let us know.”