Yesterday, PACEY Chief Executive, Liz Bayram and Policy Advisor, Helen Donohoe, met with the Rt. Hon. Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards at the Department for Education (DfE). Nick Gibb took on responsibility for early education policy and childcare in September 2019 and his remit includes early education and childcare funding, support for the early years workforce, curriculum, quality and the early education entitlements.
They discussed key issues including the need to increase funding for entitlements, how to address the decline in childminding and the changes PACEY feels DfE needs to make to their proposed EYFS reforms. Liz and Helen repeated PACEY's call for government to not only pursue any early education commitments with a comprehensive and sustainable strategy but to make sure that practitioners are better valued and rewarded.
We're now looking forward to welcoming the Minister on visits to a childminding setting and a day nursery.