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PACEY Policy – February 2019

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.

18/02/2019

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

Why Beep Beep! Days are a great tool for understanding road safety basics

On average six children are seriously injured or killed on our roads, in Great Britain, every day. Here at Brake, the road safety charity, we’re doing our bit to ensure that children understand road safety. Get involved with Beep Beep! Days.

15/02/2019

Posted by Stacey Kendall, senior community engagement office, Brake | with 1 comments

Reasons to be verbal: the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of learning verbs

Last week I overheard an early years professional talking to a colleague about ‘active thinking’. I wasn’t part of the conversation so didn’t ask for clarification but, as ever, my own brain got to thinking what active thinking might mean and what it might include. 

13/02/2019

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

Busting the paperwork myths in Wales

When speaking to childminders in Wales, particularly those who have been working in the sector for many years we have noticed a growing concern around the amount of paperwork needed when childminding. We decided to look at some of these myths and spread the truth!

12/02/2019

Posted by Holly Love, Quality and Training Officer, PACEY Cymru | with 0 comments

Discover new ways to get crafty at Childcare Expo London

Childcare Expo London returns on the 1st & 2nd March with a series of free interactive workshops throughout the two days to inspire early years and primary education professionals.

04/02/2019

Posted by Childcare Expo | with 0 comments

Work with children who love going online? Get involved this Safer Internet Day!

Working with children, you will know how much the internet entertains and interests them. But how can we support children in using the internet safely and positively? Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally on 5th February 2019. The aim is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

01/02/2019

Posted by Ellie Proffitt, Education and Youth Engagement Manager, Childnet | with 0 comments

Five top tips for childminding in a small setting

I don't know about you, but I often dream about my ideal childminding setting. I`m guilty of spending far too much time on Pinterest and Instagram looking at pictures of airy, spacious, well organised childcare settings that I can only ever dream of replicating. Alas, I live in a small house, and this isn't going to change anytime soon so here are my five top tips for making the most of childminding from a small home

30/01/2019

Posted by Layla Fitzwilliam Hall, Childminder | with 10 comments

PACEY policy - January

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.

24/01/2019

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

Life, Luck and Language

During the Christmas period, I happened to be travelling on public transport. I observed a boy of about 4 years old who persevered in engaging with an adult in conversation where the adult clearly did not want to converse. The big question in my head was and still is: what made him keep trying?

23/01/2019

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

Head injury in the early years - be aware

The Child Brain Injury Trust, a national charity supporting children and families affected by acquired brain injury, have developed a CPD accredited training course specifically for early years practitioners. Find out more from Louise.

21/01/2019

Posted by Louise Wilkinson, head of information & learning, Child brain injury trust | with 0 comments

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