February 2021

NEWS: JCVI sets out phase two of vaccine rollout to be prioritised by age

This morning the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out its interim statement for phase two of the Covid-19 vaccine deployment. In this they have ruled out prioritising people by occupation and will instead use an age-based delivery approach.


NEWS: Ofsted update on plans for inspections

Ofsted has today updated the ‘current activity’ section of its Ofsted COVID-19 rolling update with further information about the plans for inspection and regulatory work in England.


NEWS: DfE announce new funding to support education recovery

The Department for Education has today announced further details of its education “recovery package”, to help children and young people in England catch up on missed learning and development due to the pandemic.


NEWS: Secretary of State writes to the sector around home testing

In light of yesterday’s announcement around the gradual easing of lockdown in England, the Government has updated its guidance for early years and childcare providers, and the Secretary of State for Education has written to the sector. 


NEWS: Roadmap out of lockdown in England

Today in England the Government has announced its plan to move the country out of lockdown. PACEY has summarised the key announcements for early years and childcare, with further details being sent out to members later this week. 


NEWS: DfE rolls out home testing to PVI nurseries and pre-schools, but not childminders

As part of today’s extensive announcement on the government‘s road map out of lockdown in England, the Department for Education has confirmed it will provide lateral flow devices for home coronavirus testing to staff at PVI nurseries and pre-schools from Monday 22 March.


NEWS: A letter to members and the childcare and EY sector from Liz Bayram, PACEY Chief Executive

Liz Bayram, PACEY Chief Executive writes to the early years and childcare sector regarding the difficulties experienced over the last week around access to coronavirus vaccinations. 


NEWS: PACEY calls for improved protection for early years and childcare practitioners

PACEY is calling for early years and childcare practitioners to be protected with the coronavirus vaccine as a priority once the most vulnerable have received theirs. We also call for all registered practitioners to have equal access to regular home testing. #NotAtArmsLength


NEWS: Update to Covid-19 FAQs regarding clinically extremely vulnerable and vaccinations in England

PACEY has today updated its Coronavirus FAQs to reflect the latest government advice on who is considered clinically extremely vulnerable, following changes announced yesterday and to reflect the latest information we have on vaccination.


NEWS: Early years and childcare vaccine confusion - update

PACEY has now received the following information from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHCS) and the NHS. They have confirmed that the vaccine appointment booking system has now been amended to reflect the fact that childcare and early years practitioners are not eligible for vaccination as part of the social care workforce unless they are caring for clinically extremely vulnerable children.