PACEY's blog - food for thought

Childminders must be regulated to ensure children are safe in their homes

Last month, when we published the Ofsted Annual Report, we had good news to report about childminders. Ninety-four per cent of childminders were judged good or outstanding at their last inspection. And since 2012, the proportion of childminders judged to be at least good has improved at a faster rate than nurseries and pre-schools. That improvement is mainly down to the hard work and professionalism of childminders themselves. 

18/01/2019

Posted by Lorna Fitzjohn, Ofsted Regional Director for the West Midlands | with 0 comments

A fresh view on tackling staff shortages in the Early Years sector

You might be looking to expand your business, find a childminding assistant, or grow your nursery, but sometimes this process of recruitment can be time consuming and daunting. Many settings use recruitment agencies to help and also to supply staff to cover holidays and illness. But is it time for an overhaul to the way the recruitment industry has traditionally worked with early years settings to help them find the professionals they need? 

11/01/2019

Posted by Mike Ruddle, director at specialist recruiters, Affinity Workforce | with 1 comments

Infantile Spasms – little seizures, big consequences

Infantile spasms is a rare form of epilepsy that affects children usually starting in the first year of their life. The spasms can resemble normal baby movements like the startle reflex or discomfort associated with reflux and colic, but despite the subtle appearance the child has an underlying constant chaotic brain pattern that causes loss of skills and permanent damage.

08/01/2019

Posted by Jenny Rawling, trustee of UK Infantile Spasms Trust | with 1 comments

What will the education inspection framework mean for the early years?

Find out more about the changes to the education inspection framework from Ofsted. 

04/01/2019

Posted by Wendy Ratcliff, HMI in early years, Ofsted | with 10 comments

PACEY's 2018 festive roundup

This year has been a busy and eventful one, and here at PACEY we wanted to share some of the key things that have happened to us and our members. For a more detailed roundup of how we have impacted policy in 2018, take a look at the latest policy blog.

13/12/2018

Posted by PACEY | with 0 comments

PACEY Policy: 2018 year in review

Welcome to PACEY’s regular policy update. This month, we have taken a look back on 2018 and key achievements in England and Wales concerning childcare and early years, how we have represented your views to key decision makers and plans for the future. 

13/12/2018

Posted by Susanna Kalitowski and Claire Protheroe, PACEY | with 0 comments

Tongues, tonsils and tinsel! Singing our way through Christmas

As the twinkling lights come on across towns and cities, the festive season is upon us. With it comes yet another opportunity to get our tinsel untangled and our tonsils tuned, ready to sing!

13/12/2018

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

Being part of the local community

We have been the greatest of friends for over 27 years and have always worked closely, starting out as Nannies before we had our own families, and became childminders. Together they strive to get involved with the community as much as possible. Find out more about their journey and be inspired. 

12/12/2018

Posted by Nat Jackson, childminder | with 0 comments

Three fun ways to get the children outside this winter

When it’s cold outside and cosy indoors, it’s tempting to snuggle on the sofa and put a film on. But there are plenty of fun ways to encourage children to wrap up warm and play outside this winter too. Here are just a few ideas.

12/12/2018

Posted by Michelle Tempest | with 0 comments

Finding a friend: the top five benefits of working alongside other minders

All four of us feel that to work successfully, we need to be positive in our practice, and so we all strive to respect each other, to support each other and to be each other’s biggest cheerleaders. We have compiled a list of five reasons (we could have listed far more!) as to why we think working closely together is brilliant for business!

07/12/2018

Posted by Kayte Cooling-Smith and Kathryn Miller, Childminders | with 2 comments

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