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Workload Advisory Group update

PACEY have been involved in the Department of Education and Ofsted’s joint initiative on tackling excessive workload in the early year’s sector since June this year.

In the last meeting the coalition discussed the issue of unnecessary paperwork being burdensome on early years practitioners. This is something we have heard from members time and time again; raised in our Building Blocks research where a third of providers said that “too much paperwork and red tape are putting them off delivering funded hours”.

This was reflected in survey results released today which the group has reviewed, finding that over 80% of providers think they produce more paperwork than is required under the EYFS. Common reasons for this were that practitioners were producing paperwork in case an Ofsted inspector asked for it, because of various local authority requirements and to protect themselves against parental complaints.

Next week PACEY’s Policy and Communications Officer, Felicity Stephenson will be attending the group’s second meeting to discuss this further. Felicity adds “PACEY looks forward to working with representatives from all parts of the sector to continue to advise DfE and Ofsted on how best to support and advise early years practitioners on not just unnecessary paperwork but also their own wellbeing as well as the children in their care. We will use this in turn to build on the advice and support we offer our members”