January 2018

Following passions against the grain

From graphic design to childminding, Mike jumped into a new career and has never looked back. Read the story of long time PACEY member Mike Acord, his experience of being a childminder and why he created 'Against the grain'. 


Posted by Mike Acord, Childminder | with 2 comments

PACEY Policy – January

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


Posted by Susanna Kalitowski (PACEY) and Claire Protheroe (PACEY Cymru) | with 0 comments

Enabling Eco-Warriors

As the world becomes more aware of the effects our behaviours and habits are having on the environment, Pebbles Childcare thought it was time to teach the children about being more mindful of their responsibility and the role they play in protecting the planet. Chloe from Pebbles, talks to PACEY about simple techniques they have introduced. 


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Life chances: the importance of language and communication skills

This month I started thinking about the links between language and communication, life chances and resilience. As is often the way when I start thinking about these blogs something comes on to my radar which steers it in a certain direction. This month it's a report submitted to the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology focusing on the adverse impact of childhood disadvantage, which picked up on the themes addressed in the Early Intervention Foundation Report Language as a Child Wellbeing Indicator


Posted by Amanda Baxter, Communication Advisor, ICAN | with 0 comments

Top tips for managing money when you’re self-employed

If you’re self-employed, as a childminder for example, there are lots of benefits, including flexibility and independence. But you’re also responsible for managing your own finances and paying your own tax, and you may not have a steady flow of money coming in. However, help is at hand! Follow these six steps from the Money Advice Service and you’ll be well on your way to successfully managing your money.


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