March 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.


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’. 



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


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.


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.


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.


NEWS: No mention of early years and childcare in the Spring Budget 2021

Today, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his second Budget in the House of Commons, announcing the government's tax and spending plans for the year ahead and beyond. The budget focused on further measures to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as infrastructure investments. 


NEWS: Launch of manifesto in Wales/Lansiad maniffesto yng Nghymru

Experts call to put the needs of babies and the youngest children at the heart of the next Welsh Government. Arbenigwyr yn galw am roi anghenion babanod a’r plant lleiaf wrth wraidd Llywodraeth nesaf Cymru  


NEWS: Letter calling for help for the 3m people excluded from pandemic support #ExcludedUK

Ahead of the Spring Budget 2021 being announced, PACEY was one of the 3,626 organisations and individuals to sign an open letter to the Chancellor asking for improved financial support for the 3 million taxpayers who missed out on any pandemic related support.


NEWS: Home testing offer extended to families of school age children

The DHSC and DfE have announced how home testing will be extended as lockdown restrictions lift in England. All households with school age children, as well as childcare and support bubbles and those working in the 'wider school community' will be encouraged to start regular twice-weekly testing.