1) Consultation on ratios and regulation
The Department for Education (DfE) is currently holding a consultation into proposed regulation changes in childcare and early years in England, including changing ratio requirements. PACEY has outlined the details of the consultation in an accessible briefing document to explain what has been proposed. The consultation closes on 16 September.
We are keen to hear views around the proposed changes.from practitioners, parents, and anyone with an interest in the sector in England. We have launched a short survey for you to share your comments and feedback which will help us inform our response and ensure that your voice is represented.
Take our survey on ratios and regulation
2) Consultation on funding formulae in England
A separate consultation is looking at updates to the early years national funding formulae for entitlements which are paid to local authorities, to come into effect for 2023/24. We have outlined the details of this consultation in an accessible briefing document. PACEY members who wish to respond to the consultation can do so directly through GOV.UK before it closes on 16 September.
3) PACEY's survey of new childminders
Finally, PACEY is inviting childminders in England who registered during 2022 to take part in our new childminder survey. We are asking about your decision to choose childminding as a career, what your experience has been like so far and what barriers or issues you have encountered during registration and in setting up your business this year. The data collected will help us to identify measures that might better support childminders starting out in the sector as well as attract more professionals the role. It will also feed into our response to the Government plans to make changes to the early years and childcare sector.
Take our new childminders survey
If you would like to get in touch with any thoughts and feedback about these Government proposals or our ongoing policy work, please contact our Policy team.