November 2016

The truth about 30 hours

With 30 hours edging ever closer, it will come as no surprise that I spend a great deal of my time unpicking the detail behind the doubling of the early years entitlement in England. Sadly, it is becoming increasingly apparent through the conversations I am having with our members, that there is not just a lack of information out there in the sector about 30 hours, but more worryingly, some of it is factually incorrect.


Posted by Susanna, Policy and Research Manager, PACEY | with 25 comments

The Dahl ethos

PACEY Associate, Andrea Turner shares with us the benefits of childminding and how she keeps such a positive outlook in a changing sector. 

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.” It’s true, it must be, because Roald Dahl said so. 

You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” And that’s why I took to blogging about the Joys of Childminding. Many of us can’t be looking our best right now because all we’re seeing and hearing, and all we’re talking about and thinking about, is gloominess. But once you’ve cut through all the gobblefunk there really is an awful lot to feel whoopsy wiffling about. Honestly! So let’s bish the fizzwigglers and count our razztwizzlers starting right from the whunking zozimus


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MindEd training with PACEY

Having sailed through my two older girls early childhood pretty unscathed I went on to have my third child some 7 years later. Cue the sudden need for every scrap of help available to me to help me understand this complicated human being, who at the time, I was pretty sure had been put on the Earth to see just how good I was! I thought my knowledge around the Early Years was pretty good, my amazing little person had made me question this.


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Childminding and me

I fell into Childminding by accident, but absolutely love it and wouldn’t change what I do. I had my first daughter at the age of 26 and had always worked. She was a very easy baby, but I wanted to spend time with her so I chose to become a stay-at-home mother. It was lovely, but I had lost my individual personality, so when a good friend of mine needed extra childcare support I jumped at the chance. I found out how to get registered as a childminder, and have never looked back. 


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