2020 News

NEWS: Ofsted outlines new early years inspection arrangements

Building on their sector briefing Ofsted has today set out how it will introduce a new, more proportionate and flexible approach to inspecting nurseries and childminders going forward. One that will prioritise the inspection of providers rated less than good.


NEWS: Childcare During Covid-19 research project

'Childcare During Covid-19' is a research project which seeks to understand the impact of the pandemic on the childcare sector in England and Wales. Find out how you can get involved.


NEWS: Possible vaccine for Covid-19

PACEY has welcomed today's positive news on the progress that has been made with one of the first of we hope, many new vaccines for Covid-19 and has called on government to ensure that, as it develops its plan for the roll out of new vaccines, that it includes early years and childcare staff, including childminders, in its criteria for priority access.


NEWS: Ofsted highlights early evidence of pandemic impact on children's development

A new report from Ofsted today shines a light on the negative consequences the first national lockdown in England had on children’s basic skills and learning.


NEWS: Ofsted update on national lockdown arrangements

Ofsted have issued an update on how it plans to manage registration and inspection visits in England during the national lockdown and, as part of this, to work with childminders, nurseries, pre-schools and nannies due a visit, to minimise risks and adhere to guidance.


NEWS: PACEY members shortlisted for Nursery World Awards 2020

PACEY is delighted that a number of our members have been shortlisted for this year’s Nursery World Awards. The awards are designed to reward best practice and to recognise and celebrate the achievements of early years professionals.


NEWS: Support via the SEISS is increased

Since the announcement of the national lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November and the firebreak lockdown in Wales, the government have now confirmed that they will be increasing its support to the self-employed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) over the coming months. 


NEWS: Childcare settings can remain open as part of upcoming national lockdown in England

After the Prime Minster announced the implementation of national restrictions in England from 5 November, guidance for this has now been released.


NEWS: £12.5m to support vulnerable families and children/£ 12.5m Cymorth i deuluoedd a phlant sy’n agored i niwed

£12.5m package of funding to support vulnerable families and children during the pandemic/Pecyn cyllid o £ 12.5m Cymorth i deuluoedd a phlant sy’n agored i niwed


NEWS: EY smart announced as finalist in this years NMT Nursery Awards

We are excited to announce that our free CPD learning platform EY smart has been selected as a finalist for the NMT Nursery Awards in the Nursery Training and Development Award 2020 category.