March 2021

NEWS: Government publishes EYFS framework for September 2021

Today the Department for Education has published the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework which will be laid before Parliament to come into force in England on 1 September 2021.


NEWS: Ofsted announces its return to inspections in England

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 of early years and childcare providers in England.


NEWS: Frequently asked questions on funding allocations in 2021-22

The Government recently announced its approach for early years funding allocations in England during the spring term 2021 and beyond. We have answered some of your questions about this here. 


NEWS: Changes to the Test and Trace support payment for parents in England

Parents and carers of children in England who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria.


NEWS: Update regarding home testing and shielding guidance

The DfE has issued further information on the expansion of home testing in England to childminders and others in ‘related occupations’ and shared an announcement on shielding guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable which will be paused from 1 April 2021. 


NEWS: Childminders and nannies in England offered home testing kits

After weeks of uncertainty, childminders and nannies in England will now be able to order lateral flow test kits for regular asymptomatic Covid-testing at home thanks to ongoing lobbying PACEY has undertaken, with help from our members.


NEWS: DfE update to early years funding for Summer and Autumn terms

Today the Department for Education has set out its approach to funding Early Years over the next financial year,and has issued updated guidance to reflect this.


NEWS: Childminders ‘let down’ by exclusion from Government support measures

We know that many members are facing ongoing disappointment with continued problems accessing Covid-19 tests in England and the recent exclusion of childminders in the Government delivery of face coverings to early years and childcare settings. We share your frustrations and continue to press Government to improve support for childminders and ensure parity with those working in nurseries and schools.


NEWS: Testing in Wales/Profi yng Nghymru

The Welsh Government have confirmed plans for collection of lateral flow device test kits for childminders and other smaller settings in Wales.  Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cadarnhau cynlluniau ar gyfer casglu citiau dyfais llif unffordd ar gyfer gwarchodwyr plant a lleoliadau llai eraill yng Nghymru.


NEWS: PACEY supports amendment to Domestic Abuse Bill in England

Earlier this week, an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill was debated in the House of Lords, aiming to protect children in England from acts of violence in the home.