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Help Ofsted to help you

Research and user testing is helping refine the processes that Ofsted use to register childcare professionals. And now, you can be part of the change.


Posted by Ofsted user research team | with 0 comments

You better believe it!

If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Right? Not so in the case of cashback – the free and easy way to earn money back on your regular online and high street purchases.


Posted by Sam Surry, PACEY Marketing | with 0 comments

PACEY Policy - November

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 (PACEY) and Claire Protheroe (PACEY Cymru) | with 0 comments

Aiming high: developing goals for children with speech, language and communication needs

This month’s focus is on aiming high and developing positive outcomes for children with speech, language, communication needs (SLCN).  


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

Turning one passion into another

Wendy tells the story of her journey from being a passionate and hardworking childminder to a successful author. Find out more about her latest book and how it can benefit the children in your settings. 


Posted by Wendy White, author and previous childminder | with 0 comments

Maths: it’s an attitude

Numeracy (the ability to understand and work with numbers) is one of the key skills needed in life.  We use maths in every aspect of our lives. However, here in the UK we have a long term and increasing issue with low levels of numeracy in the adult population. Early years practitioners can use simple tips to create a positive attitude towards maths, to help make a step in the right direction. 


Posted by Julia Sudbury, owner and head consultant at Cambridge Early Years | with 0 comments

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

Anaphylaxis awareness

Allergies affect more than 1/4 of children throughout Europe; they affect their quality of life, may impair school performance and there is an associated risk of a life-threatening severe reaction. Not everyone reacts in the same way and an anaphylactic reaction can be difficult to diagnose and predict. Get some tips and support from First Aid for Life. 


Posted by Emma Hammett, First Aid for Life | with 0 comments