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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.


MPs call for reform of Universal Credit childcare support

A cross-party group of MPs has published a report calling for changes to the way that childcare costs are paid in Universal Credit, arguing that the current system “directly conflicts” with the Government’s aim of getting more people into work.


Outcome of early years consultation released

The Department for Education have now released the outcome of a consultation that took part in March-May 2018 seeking the views of parents' and their children's use of childcare and early years as well as their views and experience.


Nearly half of LAs say they are struggling to implement the two-year-old offer

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a report from the Children’s Services Omnibus, which explores senior local authority views on early years and childcare provision, and other children’s services. The responses reveal the scale of the challenge of increasing take-up of the two-year-old offer, and the impact of 30 hours on the other entitlements.


Childcare and early years survey for parents released

The Department for Education have released the childcare and early years survey for parents 2018 detailing the findings from the January 2018 to August 2018 survey. 


Views on National Minimum Standards in Wales sought. Gofynnwyd am farn ar Safonau Gofynnol Cenedlaethol yng Nghymru.

Welsh Government and Cwlwm wish to gather the views of childcare and play providers on the National Minimum Standards.  Mae Llywodraeth Cymru a Cwlwm yn dymuno casglu barn darpariaethau gofal plant a darparwyr chwarae ar y Safonau Gofynnol Cenedlaethol.


Updated statistics on the use of 30 hours released

Experimental statistics on the use of 30 hours funded childcare in the first term of national rollout, from September to December 2018 have been released by the Department for Education. 


Nursery World Show 2019

This year PACEY and Jelf are the official early years insurance partner at Nursery World Show 2019. Come and meet us at stand E24 on 1 and 2 February 2019. 


New First Minister for Wales announced. Cyhoeddwyd Prif Weinidog Newydd Cymru

Mark Drakeford has been elected as the new First Minister for Wales following the announcement from Carwyn Jones earlier this year that he would be resigning from his role.  Etholwyd Mark Drakeford fel Prif Weinidog newydd Cymru yn dilyn cyhoeddiad Carwyn Jones yn gynharach eleni y byddai'n ymddiswyddo o'i rôl.


PACEY President appointed to Ofsted’s new early years forum

PACEY’s President, Penny Tassoni, has been appointed to Ofsted’s new early years pedagogy and practice forum.


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