March 2020

NEWS: Grants to help jobs at risk from COVID-19

The Chancellor of  the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has today announced that Government is to pay 80% of wages for employees unable to work due the coronavirus pandemic, up to £2,500 a month.


NEWS: PACEY PLI insurance update

PACEY's PLI insurance provider has confirmed the insurance arrangements for childminding settings that remain open in England and Wales for vulnerable children and those of key workers.


NEWS: COVID-19 and childcare and play services in Wales

Welsh Government has confirmed that settings in Wales should be restricting access to childcare to families who are critical workers or have vulnerable children. Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cadarnhau y dylai lleoliadau yng Nghymru fod yn cyfyngu mynediad i ofal plant i deuluoedd sy'n weithwyr allweddol neu sydd â phlant sy'n agored i niwed.


NEWS: Information and guidance about school and childcare settings closures

The government has today released more information about the schools and (in England) childcare settings closures, first announced on Wednesday.


NEWS: Schools and early years settings to close on Friday

Today saw government in England and Wales (as well as Scotland) take further steps to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and keep people well by announcing the closures of schools and (in England) all registered early years settings.


NEWS: Support for early years settings announced by the Department for Education

PACEY’s is pleased to share the positive news that the Department for Education (DfE) has today confirmed a range of measures that will support childminders, nurseries and pre-schools during this unprecedented period of challenge.


NEWS: Ofsted have announced that all routine inspections in England are suspended

Ofsted have announced that all inspections have been temporarily suspended. 


NEWS: Early years organisations call for urgent support in face of COVID-19

Leading early years organisations National Day Nurseries Association and Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) have joined together to call on the Chancellor to offer more support urgently to childcare providers affected by COVID-19.


NEWS: NAO report shows shortfall in take-up of entitlements by disadvantaged families

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report which evaluates the effectiveness of the Department for Education (DfE) at delivering the 'free' early education and childcare entitlement.




NEWS: Budget 2020 announced with no mention of early education

The latest Budget was delivered in the House of Commons today, announcing the government's tax and spending plans for the year ahead.