2021 News

NEWS: Strengthened measures in Wales / Cryfhau’r mesurau yng Nghymru

Strengthened measures to keep Wales safe as omicron strikes / Cryfhau’r mesurau i ddiogelu Cymru wrth i don omicron daro


NEWS: Self-isolation in England reduced to 7 days following negative LFD tests

The Government in England has announced that those isolating due to testing positive for coronavirus ‘in most cases’ may be able to stop isolating after 7 days, instead of 10. 


NEWS: Welsh Government Update / Diweddariad Llywodraeth Cymru

Welsh Government Update for childcare and playwork settings / Diweddariad Llywodraeth Cymru ar gyfer lleoliadau gofal plant a gwaith chwarae


NEWS: Update on childminder rules and testing of under-fives in England

PACEY has been working with Government and others in the sector to clarify the isolation and testing rules for under fives in England as well as mitigations that childminders with a positive case in their household can take to continue to support children and families.


NEWS: School arrangements in Wales / Trefniadau ysgol yng Nghymru

Welsh Government have today provided a written statement on school and colleges operational arrangements from January 2022. / Heddiw mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi darparu datganiad ysgrifenedig ar drefniadau gweithredol ysgolion a cholegau o fis Ionawr 2022.


NEWS: Government introduces daily testing for coronavirus contacts

Yesterday (14 December) the Government in England introduced a new approach for daily testing of coronavirus contacts, (whether the case is Omicron or a different variant). This means that some people will be advised to test daily with rapid tests. Previously, close contacts of an Omicron case were required to isolate regardless of their vaccination status.  


NEWS: What 'Plan B' means for early years and childcare in England

Yesterday (8 December) The Prime Minister in England announced that we are moving into ‘Plan B’ of the Covid-19 Autumn and Winter plan, in response to the spread of the coronavirus Omicron variant.  

PACEY met with Department for Education officials this afternoon to discuss the changes that have been made to the Government guidance for Early Years settings in England and what this move to Plan B means for our members.  


NEWS: Christmas delivery dates

If you want to buy a product from the PACEY shop, make sure you complete your order before 16 December 2021 to ensure it is delivered by Christmas.


NEWS: Omicron - Further advice for childminders in England

Following the temporary measures announced in response to the Omicron variant, PACEY sought clarification from the Department for Education on how the new variant will affect childminding settings in England.  We have outlined further advice for PACEY members on travel restrictions and quarantine and what to do if a childminder or their household member is identified as a close contact of an Omicron case.  


NEWS: Covid-19 testing reminder

The DfE is reminding settings in England to continue testing over the festive break. The DfE has also warned of a fake email scam which asks settings to order test kits.