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Education committee calls for new approach to tackling disadvantage in the early years

An all-party group of MPs in the House of Commons has published a report on tackling disadvantage in the early years, arguing that the Government has a “confused” approach to early years education, and policies such as 30 hours appear to be “entrenching disadvantage”.


Get involved in the 200 million minutes reading challenge

​We are very excited to announce that we’re supporting the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a global reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. 


Malaysian early years delegation visits PACEY

A delegation from the early years sector in Malaysia recently visited PACEY’s headquarters in Bromley to find out more about the support we provide practitioners, and the childcare and early years landscape in the UK.


Invite for early years engagement events - curriculum workshops

Ofsted are inviting early years practitioners to attend one of the Early Years Curriculum Workshops, which are taking place on various dates and locations. All details, including timings, can be found during registration. Find out more. 


Updated statistics on the use of 30 hours released

The Department for Education (DfE) has released the latest statistics on the number of 30 hours childcare codes issued and validated for the spring term 2019. 


Childcare minster visits childminding setting in Hayes

The children and families minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP, spent the morning visiting a childminding setting in Hayes, in South East England, run by PACEY member and board member, Vicky Walsh.


Wales Foundation Phase events/Digwyddiadau Cyfnod Sylfaen Cymru

During February and March thanks to Welsh Government funding PACEY Cymru will be offering two training opportunities over seven events.  Yn ystod Chwefror a Mawrth, diolch i arian gan Lywodraeth Cymru bydd PACEY Cymru yn cynnig dau gyfle hyfforddi dros saith digwyddiad.



New report shows workforce challenges in the sector

The Education Policy Institute have published a comparative analysis on the early years workforce in England using the Labour Force Survey. Read our full summary and comments. 


Education inspection framework consultation launches today

After announcing changes to the current common inspection framework (CIF) in October 2018, Ofsted has today published a consultation on proposals for changes to the education inspection framework (EIF) to take effect from September 2019.


Round-up: sugar, screen time and first-aid

It has been a busy week in the news this week, with concerns for children's sugar consumption, as well as life-saving skills and first-aid training. We have put together a news roundup in case you missed anything.