October 2022

NEWS: Gillian Keegan MP appointed as new Education Secretary

Yesterday (25 October) the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appointed Gillian Keegan MP as Secretary of State for Education at the Department for Education, replacing former education secretary Kit Malthouse.


NEWS: Join Ofsted's virtual curriculum roadshow for childminders

Ofsted is running a virtual Education Inspection Framework (EIF) curriculum roadshow specifically for childminders at 7pm on Tuesday 22 November. 


NEWS: Energy Bill Relief Scheme - Have your say

The Government is circulating a new questionnaire to non-domestic customers (i.e. private businesses) to inform the BEIS review of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme. 


NEWS: Royal Mail strikes 2022

Please be aware that there are a number of Royal Mail strikes happening between now and the end of 2022. This may impact delivery times.


NEWS: DfE announces further detail on Early Years Education Recovery Programme in England

Today (20 October) Kelly Tolhurst, Minister for Schools and Childhood announced more detail of the £180m package of support for early years practitioners in England which aims to improve children’s early learning and development. 


NEWS: Children’s Commissioner in England publishes “A vision for childcare”

Today the Children’s Commissioner in England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has published a new report titled “A vision for childcare” making several recommendations for the sector. 


NEWS: The Accolades 2023 / Y Gwobrau 2023

Social Care Wales are now accepting entries and nominations for the 2023 Accolades   PACEY Cymru see these Awards as an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and share achievements of childcare and play providers.  Mae Gofal Cymdeithasol Cymru bellach yn derbyn ymgeiswyr ac enwebiadau ar gyfer Y Gwobrau 2023   Mae PACEY Cymru yn gweld y gwobrau hyn fel cyfle i gydnabod, dathlu a rhannu cyflwyniadau darparwyr gofal plant a chwarae.


NEWS: New report makes concerning proposals for early years and childcare sector

A new report from the Free Markets Forum titled 30 Ideas for 2030 outlines a collection of recommendations for Government reform, including childcare and early years.


NEWS: PACEY responds to proposals to boost childminder agencies (CMAs)

Over the weekend several media outlets reported on the Prime Minister’s plans to boost the number of childminder agencies in England as a way to drive down the cost of childcare provision.