Easter is coming!

With Easter in our minds, Childminder and blog writer, Clare Maher shares 10 useful Easter themed activities she will be using in her setting, all in line with the EYFS.  


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Sharing books - how language supports literacy and literacy develops language skills

I wrote a blog in 2015 (was it really that long ago?) about the Read On. Get On campaign, which aims to support the development of children's language and literacy skills. This ambitious campaign aims to have every child having good language skills by 2020 and able to read well by 2025.

18 months on, I thought it would be useful to recap on the language skills young children need to develop to support literacy; and also how sharing books helps children to develop language and communication skills.


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Chatterbox is back!

I CAN, the children’s communication charity has launched Chatterbox 2017 – its annual early years event for children aged 0 to 5, kicking off during the week of 8 May 2017. 


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Shape, Model and Mould - Melissa & Doug

How to use a simple shape, model and mould product and create activities relating to the EYFS and Foundation Phase. Grab yourself a code for 10% discount available until 31st March 2017.


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Peek inside this outstanding setting

Here at PACEY, we love to see a glimpse into your fantastic childcare settings. From members who explore forest schools, to Montessori settings, to childminders who incoporate real tools into the children's learning, there's so much that we can learn from seeing each other's settings.

Here, Outstanding childminder Deborah Lyte, from the Peak District, talks about her setting.


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Out of the shadows...

The last year has been a whirlwind in the childcare sector. Find out all of PACEY's achievements as we worked tirelessly to effect change and get the results our members want. 


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Simple and effective: wooden blocks

The first of a fortnightly post focusing on ideas for activities using a specific product. Grab yourself a unique code fo 10% discount and discover simple activity ideas in relation to the EYFS and Foundation Phase. 


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The CMO guidelines and what they mean for early years practitioners

The revised EYFS framework includes the mention of the Chief Medical Officers’ Guidelines for physical activity; this blog explores what are these guidelines are, why they are they important, and what they mean for early years practitioners.


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10 things all childminders need to know about 30 hours

In a little over six months, the 30-hour childcare entitlement will be rolled out across England. PACEY's Policy and Research Manager highlights the key things childminders need to know about the scheme, and what you should be doing now to ensure you are prepared.


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A love letter to my childminder

It’s Valentine’s Day, that day in the year when we are encouraged to declare our love for those who hold a special place in our hearts.

Here, mum-of-one, Sam, takes a moment to thank her childminder, Laura, and to remind her how special she is to Sam’s family.



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