2023 News

NEWS: Labour announces large-scale plan for new early years review

Today, on the last day of Labour’s Annual Conference, Bridget Phillipson MP announced plans for a large-scale review into early years education and childcare in England, in advance of next year's general election.


NEWS: Childminder start-up grants (England)

The childminder start-up grants scheme in England will open for applications on Thursday 30 November 2023.


NEWS: New Guidance Childcare on domestic premises

Ofsted publish new Guidance for Childcare on domestic premises


NEWS: Fair Education Manifesto published today

Today, the Fair Education Alliance published their Fair Education Manifesto urging politicians and policymakers to end the de-prioritisation of education that has gone on too long. 


NEWS: Ofsted release data on declining childminder numbers and publish Part 2 of ‘Best start in life’

Ofsted has just released their research and analysis of childminder data for 2022-23 which shows that in the last financial year (2022–23), 5,200 childminders left their registers while 1,700 childminders joined.


NEWS: EECC report lifts the lid on British voters’ attitudes to childcare sector reform

Today is the launch of the EECC (Early Education and Childcare Coalition) of which PACEY is proud to be a member, and the release of the EECC’s new report ‘Pulse Check: Public attitudes towards early education and childcare’. 


NEWS: Childcare settings receive cash boost as funding rates increase

Nurseries and childminders across the country will be paid more from today for every government-funded hour they provide to parents.



NEWS: David Johnston confirmed as Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing in England

On 31 August David Johnston OBE MP was confirmed as Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing at the Department for Education, replacing Claire Coutinho MP. 


NEWS: Political parties challenged by Early Education and Childcare Coalition in England

This week, the Early Education and Childcare Coalition (EECC), formed by more than 30 organisations and charities across England, have come together with one united voice calling on the government and all political parties to prioritise early years education and childcare at the next general election. 


NEWS: Minister urges property sector to allow childminders to work from their rented properties

Today, Children and Families Minister, Claire Coutinho, has written to housing associations, social landlords and developers in England, urging them to permit childminders to work in their rented properties which will help challenge the unfair barriers to those who rent or have leasehold properties, compared with those who own their own home.