April 2022

NEWS: Government hints at changes to ratio requirements in England

This week we have seen a number of media reports about the Government’s plan to look at easing early years and childcare regulations in England (including potentially changing childcare ratios) to reduce costs for families. 


NEWS: Ofsted publishes its new five-year strategy

Ofsted has published its five-year strategy setting out key areas of focus between 2022 and 2027. Ofsted continues to work to ‘raise standards and improve lives’ supporting children and young people in England who have been impacted by the pandemic. 


NEWS: DfE launches its new sustainability and climate change strategy  

Yesterday (21 April) the Department for Education announced the launch of its new Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy. This strategy aims for the UK to be “the world-leading education sector in sustainability and climate change by 2030.”


NEWS: COVID 19 Childcare Advice in Wales / COVID-19 Cyngor ar Ofal Plant

All settings should continue to be aware of the steps to take to reduce the risk of COVID-19 / Dylai pob lleoliad barhau i fod yn ymwybodol o'r camau i'w cymryd i leihau'r risg o COVID-19.


NEWS: Important information for childminders hosting people from Ukraine

Lots of you have been in touch with PACEY over recent weeks to ask about hosting Ukranian families under the new Government schemes. Thank you for your patience whilst we worked with the Governments in England and Wales to answer your questions. 


NEWS: Ofsted update on Childcare Register guidance and framework in England

Today (1 April) Ofsted has updated its guidance documents for providers in England on the Childcare Register only. Using feedback from sector, including recent meetings with PACEY, Ofsted has updated the guidance aiming to make this more accessible and easier for providers to understand what is required of them.


NEWS: Change in COVID-19 guidance in Wales/Newid yng nghanllawiau COVID-19

PACEY Cymru are delighted to announce that the Welsh Government has changed the guidance in relation to childminders and what they need to do if they have a positive COVID-19 case in their household.  Mae PACEY Cymru yn falch iawn i gyhoeddi bod Llywodraeth Cymru wedi newid y canllawiau mewn perthynas â gwarchodwyr plant a’r hyn sydd angen iddynt ei wneud os oes ganddynt achos COVID-19 positif yn eu cartref.