November 2020

NEWS: Department for Education announces Covid Workforce Fund for schools and colleges

The Department for Education has today announced a short-term Covid workforce fund in England to support schools and colleges, but not the early years sector. 


NEWS: HRH Duchess of Cambridge launches early years survey findings

HRH Duchess of Cambridge’s landmark findings from her first national survey on the early years have been revealed today.


NEWS: Government set out the Treasury Spending Review

Yesterday the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak set out the government spending plans for the next 12 months in the 2020 Spending Review.


NEWS: Winter plan and new tiers confirmed in England

The Government has confirmed that the second lockdown in England will end on 2 December, with a return to the regional tiered system as well as the tiers for each area. 


NEWS: PACEY writes to Morrisons in response to discount scheme

PACEY responds to Morrisons supermarket announcement of 10% discount for teaching staff, including those working in early years education but excluding childminders.


NEWS: The Early Childhood Education and Care COVID-19 Impact Study

The Early Childhood Education and Care COVID-19 Impact Study aims to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) provision in the UK.


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.