2023 News

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.


NEWS: Welsh Government childcare and play survey / Arolwg gofal plant a chwarae Llywodraeth Cymru

The Welsh Government wants to hear your experiences of working in the childcare and playwork sector in Wales. / Mae Llywodraeth Cymru eisiau clywed eich profiadau o weithio yn y sector gofal plant a gwaith-chwarae Cymreig. 


NEWS: Illustrative local authority funding rates for 2024/25 published for two-year-olds and under

The Department for Education have published the indicative local authority early years funding rates for 2024/25 for both two-year-olds and under-twos. It is important at this point to say they are illustrative and final rates will depend on the outcome of the ongoing early years funding formula consultation. 


NEWS: PACEY's response to EYFS consultation

We consulted with PACEY members on the 2023 proposed changes on the basis that the intention behind the amendments are to make it more practical for different types of  EYFS  providers. Specifically, to offer providers more flexibility, reduce known burdens, enable practitioners to provide high-quality early education and make it easier for practitioners to join the workforce and progress their careers. 


NEWS: Education Committee publish report on support for childcare and early years inquiry (England)

Today, the Education Select Committee, which is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Department for Education, published a report on the inquiry it launched into support for childcare and the early years in England.


NEWS: Additional Learning Needs Consultation (Wales) / Ymgynghoriad Anghenion Dysgu Ychwanegol

Following the changes in Wales to the system to support children with additional learning needs over recent years, PACEY Cymru are looking to gather your views and experiences.

Yn dilyn y newidiadau yng Nghymru i’r system i gefnogi plant ag anghenion dysgu ychwanegol dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf, mae PACEY Cymru eisiau casglu eich barn a’ch profiadau.


NEWS: DfE Funding Consultation: 2024-25 entitlements

The Department for Education has launched a consultation for how funding for new childcare support entitlements in 2024-25 will be distributed, to make sure it remains fair in light of the radically expanded free childcare offers. 


NEWS: EYFS Statutory Instrument laid

Today, the Department for Education, have laid a Statutory Instrument (SI) in Parliament to amend the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework (EYFS) with changes that will come into force from 4 September 2023.


NEWS: Plans for the £204 million cash boost for funded places confirmed by DfE

This morning the Department for Education have announced the funding plans for the £204 million cash boost to support the expansion of childcare places under the Government funding scheme and for some local authorities to receive universal provision to provide wraparound care in England.