February 2021

NEWS: Further update on access to vaccines in England

Read our latest update on the ongoing vaccination confusion and keep a look out for more early next week. 


NEWS: Joint statement on access to vaccines in England

PACEY, NDNA and the Early Years Alliance have today issued a joint statement on the conflicting reports of coronavirus vaccines for the early years and childcare sector. 


NEWS: Letters in Wales/ Llythyrau yng Nghymru

Letter to all providers of day care, child minding and play services in Wales and Cwlwm letter to Ministers/Llythyr at holl ddarparwyr gwasanaethau gofal dydd, gwarchod plant a chwarae yng Nghymru a llythyr Cwlwm at Weinidogion.


NEWS: PACEY seeks clarity on early years and childcare sector vaccinations in England

After reports today that some early years and childcare practitioners in England have secured appointments for Covid-19 priority vaccinations, PACEY is asking DfE for a clear policy decision on this to avoid a 'postcode lottery' of practitioners able to access the vaccine. 


NEWS: Leeds University survey on childminding during the Covid-19 pandemic

PACEY members in England and Wales are invited to take part in a new survey conducted by Leeds University Business School on childminding during the Covid-19 pandemic.


NEWS: DfE issues guidance for Local Authorities on community testing

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued guidance for Local Authorities in England to support early years and childcare practitioners to use the Government's community testing programme. 


NEWS: Ofsted data shows further increase in settings reporting Covid-19 cases

The latest Ofsted data shows that a large number of settings in England have reported confirmed coronavirus cases. Despite this, the Government has not yet committed to supplying home testing kits for PVI settings. 


NEWS: Government bonus of £1000 to businesses offering traineeships

The Government in England has announced a cash boost of £1000 for business to cover the cost of providing new work placements for trainees. 


NEWS: Women and Equalities Committee report on gendered impacts of Covid-19

Today the latest report from the Women and Equalities Committee has been published titled 'Unequal impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact. PACEY was pleased to input into this inquiry as a representative for the early years and childcare sector. 


NEWS: Early years providers in England to miss out in latest testing rollout

Yesterday the government announced it will offer coronavirus testing for businesses in England which employ over 50 staff members. Sadly this initiative will not benefit the vast majority of early years and childcare providers.