Wear your odd socks with pride during Anti-Bullying Week

Anti-Bullying Week is celebrated in nearly three quarters of schools, but early years settings can get involved too by holding an Odd Socks Day, the perfect way to introduce younger children to the issue of bullying by celebrating what makes us all unique.


Posted by Martha Evans – National Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance | with 0 comments

Secret stones joining the community

After showcasing the Love on the Rocks project in our latest Childcare Professional, registered childminder Kirsty, got in touch with PACEY to tell her story about why she created Wootton and Bedfordshire Secret Stones. After finding a beautifully painted stone herself, Kirsty created a learning opportunity for the children she cares for and a way of engaging her local community. 


Posted by Kirsty Sarney, Childminder, Wootton | with 0 comments

Talking to Childminder of the Year 2017, Jane Fisher

We talk to Nursery World's Childminder of the Year 2017, Jane Fisher, about her experience as a childminder and her top tips for working in the sector. 


Posted by Jane Fisher, Childminder of the Year 2017 and PACEY member | with 0 comments

PACEY Policy - October

Welcome to PACEY’s regular policy update, which provides a summary of the latest policy developments in England and Wales concerning childcare and early years, and how we are representing your views to key decision makers.


Posted by Susanna Kalitowski and Claire Protheroe, PACEY | with 0 comments

Championing childminders and working together

At times of negativity and confusion with pressures of Government funding, competition and financial issues, it is important to remember why we do this job in the first place. For the children. It's essential that as childminders, we support each other in order to continue to provide the incredible, personal care that so many parents choose us for - Pebbles Childcare recently received an 'Outstanding in all areas' inspection for their lovely setting. 


Posted by Chloe Webster, Pebbles Childcare | with 0 comments

Building resilience as a childminder

Dealing with everyday pressures of being a childminder can be a challenge. Its important to stay happy and motivated within your role and be resilient to the pressures and stress. Childminder of the Year 2016, Rebecca Lihou, gives you some tools to make sure you are remembering to look after yourself!


Posted by Rebecca Lihou, Childminder of the Year 2016 | with 3 comments

Get the facts on childminder myths in England

Do you think childminders aren't trained, regulated or don't offer funded hours? Think again. Get the facts on being a childminder. 


Posted by Holly Clarke, PACEY | with 3 comments

40 years of PACEY - how it all began

This year, we are celebrating 40 years of PACEY, originally named The National Childminding Association (NCMA) and created in 1977. Ann Goddard, the first chair of NCMA, gives us a brief history and talks about how you can get involved in this year's celebrations. 


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A bright, easy to read support for the early years sector

Kim Roberts, Chief Executive of HENRY, and Mary Rudolf, a consultant paediatrician and professor of child health, have come together to create ‘A Healthy Start’. Read their interview with PACEY, reviews from our experts and grab yourself a 20% discount!


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Using research to inform practice in supporting children's speech, language and communication

Research can help to inform how we support and develop children's speech, language and communication skills. ICAN talk about the number of sources that can help your practice stay current and promote the best impact and outcomes for children and families.


Posted by Amanda Baxter, I CAN Communication Advisor | with 0 comments