2020 News

NEWS: New online tool from HMRC available to check eligibility for self-employed grant support

HMRC's new online tool allows those who are self-employed to register and check if they're eligible to claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.


NEWS: PACEY submits urgent briefing to Chancellor and HM Treasury

Since releasing our latest survey results, PACEY has submitted a briefing to key government bodies including Chancellor Rishi Sunak and HM Treasury about the concerning future of the childminding sector. 


NEWS: PACEY survey reveals thousands of childminders to miss out on Government support

Thousands of registered childminders are unlikely to receive the Government support they need to sustain their businesses, according to our new survey. Of particular concern are newly registered childminders who have invested in starting up their businesses in the last three years, who are set to receive no support.


NEWS: PACEY responds to CMA’s unfair cancellations and refunds investigation

The Competition and Markets Authority today launched a programme of work to investigate reports of businesses failing to respect cancellation rights during the Coronavirus pandemic. PACEY will be working with NDNA to submit evidence to the CMA’s investigation  setting out these issues in depth.


NEWS: PACEY, NDNA, EYA and Early Education join to urgently call for recovery support for the sector

Today, PACEY along with NDNA, EYA and Early Education have made a joint call to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Vicky Ford, the Childcare and Early Years Minister in England, to make sure that childcare and early years education is at the forefront of plans to support the UK to recover from this pandemic.


NEWS: Local authorities can divert entitlement funding in exceptional cases

In England the DfE has announced changes to how local authorities can distribute 'free' entitlement funding while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.


NEWS: Numbers of children in early years settings published

The first evidence of how many children of key workers and vulnerable children are attending an early years setting in England has been published by the DfE and it reveals that just 4% of the usual number of children are still attending.


NEWS: Ceeda launch two vital research campaigns during the coronavirus pandemic

As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, the sector is working together to make sure parents and politicians understand the impact of COVID-19 on early years and the vital contribution the sector is making in the effort to save lives.


NEWS: Dismay at new guidance released by government

Updated guidance from government, detailing controls around financial support available to registered providers, has caused upset and continued worry about the future sustainability of many businesses across the early years sector.


NEWS: PACEY study reveals key role that childcarers play in teaching children essential life skills

A new PACEY study has revealed the top skills that parents find hardest to teach young children. Tying shoelaces, whistling and using cutlery are the hardest skills to teach, according to the survey of 2,000 parents across the UK.