July 2017

A childminding journey to outstanding

Read two childminder's story about their journey from being a first time mum and dad to becoming an outstanding childminder setting and members of Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network (BCCN). 


Posted by Mary Cook, Service Manager - Early Years and Childcare, Buckingham County Council | with 3 comments

Making a success of your small business

From managing cash flow to market research; from business planning to personal resilience, PACEY asks Jon Hopper, Commercial Director for Retail Business Banking at Lloyds Bank, for advice to help childminders ensure that their small businesses flourish.


Posted by Jon Hopper, Commercial Director for Retail Business Banking, Lloyds Bank | with 0 comments

A new government, the latest in 30 hours and more - PACEY Policy

Policy and Research Manager, Susanna Kalitowski discusses everything policy for July in our new monthly policy updates from the sector. What has happened and what PACEY has been up to. 


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Sustainability, efficiency and recycling - be inspired

A story of sustainability, efficiency and caring for the environment. Sarah and Luke share their story on why they needed to change the way they created their setting in order to save money and be more efficient in your business. 


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Maximise income, minimise expenditure

Balancing the books as a childminder is likely to involve a combination of reducing costs and increasing income. In this blog I’m going to focus on some of the steps that you could take to help maximise your income


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Explaining differences: supporting children to understand speech, language and communication needs

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are often hidden difficulties, which can make it challenging for other children to be aware of how and when other children struggle to communicate.  Other children may become aware of the behaviour of children with SLCN (e.g. finding it hard to take turns or share or not saying very much) but may be confused about why this is happening. 


Posted by Amanda Baxter, I CAN Communication Advisor | with 1 comments

Why teach foreign languages in early years settings?

Learning a foreign language is becoming a more prominent topic on the early years agenda, as nurseries, childminders and primary schools are beginning to realise the huge benefits it can bring.


Posted by Anna Neville, Language expert and CEO of Kidslingo | with 0 comments

How are music and language linked?

Developments in neuroscience have enabled researchers to discover that we use the same regions of our brains to process aspects of music and language. This blog explores more about how music links with language development and how we as practitioners can support this.



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Stay connected: why you should update your details

If you don't keep your details with PACEY up to date, you risk missing out on an abundance of member benefits. Membership Service Manager, Karen Jones talks you through why it’s so important that we are able to reach you.


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5 reasons why the world needs to invest more in early childhood development

If you’re reading this then you already know how important it is for children to receive quality care and support for their early childhood development. But investment in ECD around the world is far too low. Here’s why children’s charity Theirworld’s #5for5 campaign needs your help to change that.


Posted by Belinda Turffrey, Senior Projects & Campaigns Manager at Theirworld | with 0 comments