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Selective mutism, quiet children and reluctant talkers

There is growing concern that selective mutism is on the rise in young children. Many early years professionals are contacting me through the I CAN Enquiry Service helpline to raise concerns over children who will not talk in their setting, but are very talkative elsewhere (such as at home). ICAN gives you some tips. 


Posted by Jon Gilmartin, speech and language advisor, ICAN | with 0 comments

Keep calm – let’s talk about self-regulation

The subject of self-regulation is complex, but, in simple terms, it could be described as the ability to manage your own energy states, emotions, behaviours and attention, in a socially acceptable way. Early childhood consultant Sue Asquith shares some key advice and support.


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Registration now OPEN for Childcare Expo Midlands 2019

For the tenth year running, Childcare Expo Midlands is preparing to return to Coventry to celebrate the show's milestone birthday on 27 - 28 September, and registration for the last event of the year is now open.


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Reusable nappies – a childminder’s perspective

When I was starting out I borrowed a kit from my local reusable nappy library; I was a massive skeptic and had already decided in advance that reusable nappies were unhygienic, expensive, and way too fiddly for everyday use. How wrong I was!


Posted by Steph Mills, Childminder | with 7 comments

Finding quality quicker in Wales

Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) has begun to publish ratings for childcare and play inspection reports. Gill Huws-John from the CIW Childcare and Play Inspection Team explains how they work.


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What does the new inspection framework mean for childminders?

It has been a month since Ofsted published the education inspection framework, which will take effect in September. Ofsted gives some advice to childminders. 


Posted by Dee Coleman, Principal Officer, Early Years | with 1 comments

PACEY policy - June

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 | with 0 comments

Updated Frequently Asked Questions on the 30 hours Childcare Offer in Wales

The Welsh Government has provided responses to many of the frequently asked questions by childcare providers last year related to the development and implementation of the 30 hour Childcare Offer in Wales .  These have been updated to reflect changes and developments.


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Partnerships with parents to support children's communication development

In a world of increasing pressures from daily life, now more than ever, we need to work with parents of young children to ensure they are confident in supporting their child’s speech and language development.


Posted by Jon Gilmartin, speech and language advisor, ICAN | with 0 comments

Childcare Expo returns to Manchester next week!

The excitement is building for the return of Childcare Expo, which is set to open its doors at EventCity in Manchester next week. On Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June, the longest-running event for the early years and primary education sectors will host a jam-packed exhibition filled with leading industry suppliers and fun-filled feature areas.


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