March 2021

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.

18/03/2021

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.

16/03/2021

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.

16/03/2021

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.

15/03/2021

NEWS: Childminders excluded from face covering delivery drop

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that maintained, school-based, and PVI nurseries and pre-schools in England will receive a ‘one-off’ drop of face coverings delivered direct to settings.The DHSC is not extending this delivery of face coverings to childminders, and instead recommend that childminders source these from local nurseries and schools.

15/03/2021

NEWS: Covid-19 One Year On - Childminder survey

We are now reaching one year since the coronavirus pandemic first emerged in the UK, and we know that the early years sector has been impacted in a variety of ways. We are inviting childminders in England and Wales to take part in our survey on the financial impact of Covid-19 and your provision ‘one year on’. 

 

12/03/2021

NEWS: Wales first steps out of lockdown / Camau cyntaf I lacio’r cyfyngiadau symud Cymru

First Minister sets out first steps out of lockdown as part of a careful, cautious and phased approach / Mae’r Prif Weinidog yn gosod allan y camau cyntaf tuag at lacio’r cyfyngiadau

12/03/2021

NEWS: Childminders unable to access home tests despite rollout to PVI nurseries

From today (11 March) all Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) nurseries in England will begin to receive home testing kits for regular asymptomatic coronavirus testing. The Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care are yet to formalise plans to make these available to childminders, who have to rely on community testing sites to access these.

11/03/2021

NEWS: Share your experiences of accessing community testing in England

Take part in our latest survey to share your experiences of accessing community testing sites as a childminder or nanny in England. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and answers will be kept anonymous.

04/03/2021

NEWS: Protect Duty consultation open to educators and public

On 26 February the Government launched a consultation on a ‘Protect Duty’ which seeks to improve security and organisational preparedness at a wide range of publicly accessible locations, including education settings. The consultation will run until 2 July 2021.

04/03/2021