Today we received a letter from Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families to provide an update on Covid-19 testing and vaccinations for the early years sector.
Yesterday the Government announced additional funding for early years, schools and colleges in England as catch up support, given that the current attendance restrictions for schools and colleges will be in place until at least 8 March.
The Prime Minister made a statement earlier today regarding the latest coronavirus developments in England, including the Government's plans to reopen schools.
Today the Government published its latest data showing the number of registered early years and childcare settings with reported cases of coronavirus in England.
Using evidence from PACEY and others, today the High Court ruled that the 'Proof of Payment' requirement for access to childcare under Universal Credit is unfair.
A new report has been launched by the Early Years Workforce Commission (of which PACEY is a member) which outlines the key challenges and solutions to ensure a sustainable early years sector.
The DfE has published its updated Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications guidance in light of current coronavirus developments, including an updated policy around PFA requalification training.
The Department for Education has issued guidance documents ahead of the Early Years Census 2021 which takes place in England later this month.
The Department for Education has confirmed that primary schools and maintained nurseries in England will begin to receive coronavirus home testing kits from next week, but the PVI sector will have to travel to community testing sites to access tests.
Yesterday Ofsted announced that it will delay its return to inspections for all early years settings in England until after February half term 2021.
PACEY is the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years. Formed in 1977, we are a charity dedicated to supporting everyone involved in childcare and early education to provide high quality services, information and advice to children, their families and carers.
Across England and Wales we provide training, expert advice, help and peer support to practitioners and practical and impartial support and information for families and carers and those advising them. We represent the views and experiences of practitioners and champion their vital role in helping prepare children for a bright future.