April 2020

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.


NEWS: Help us push for more support for childminders - take our survey

While we know that the self-employment support package is going to help some childminders, it will by no means be enough for all. Therefore, we are making it clear to the government that it needs to go further. In order to do that we continue to need evidence of the impact of Covid-19 on you and your service. That is why we are asking you to complete a survey to again evidence to government the changes that are needed. 


NEWS: EYFS guidance and Coronavirus FAQ updates

The Coronavirus COVID-19 early years and childcare closures guidance has been updated. There have been a number of key additions to the guidance for settings in England, including information regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). We have also updated our FAQs.


NEWS: Letter to the childcare sector in Wales from the Deputy Minister

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan AM, shares letter thanking the childcare sector in Wales for their work at this challenging time.  Mae Dirprwy Weinidog Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol, Julie Morgan AC, wedi rhannu llythyr yn diolch i'r sector gofal plant am eu gwaith yn ystod yr adeg heriol hon.