PACEY's blog - food for thought

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.


Posted by Childcare Expo | with 0 comments

Finding the time for continuous professional development

We all need to do continuous professional development (CPD). As an early years childcare practitioner, it is your responsibility to make sure you’re doing regular continuous professional development and keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date. After all, you’re #notababysitter, right?


Posted by Tracey Riseborough, Project Manager, Kinderly Learn | with 0 comments

PACEY Policy – May 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.


Posted by Susanna Kalitowski, PACEY | with 0 comments

Family life today: where’s the harm?

This Child Safety Week (3-9 June), the Child Accident Prevention Trust are calling on parents, carers and practitioners to take a look around their homes and gardens and consider the dangers lurking. To think about the things we use every day that may pose a threat to our children.


Posted by Pamela Prentice, Child Accident Prevention Trust | with 0 comments

Tech savvy toddlers: technology and communication development

Technology is increasingly central to how we live, work and interact with each other. It's also changing the ways that we communicate with people. This blog explores how technology can support children’s communication. 


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

Tackling stereotypes in early years with Gender Action

Through decades of research, it has become clear that stereotypes play a significant role in how children view themselves and their abilities. This can cap their ambitions and affect their wellbeing. At Gender Action, we believe no child should be limited by stereotypes.


Posted by Georgina Phillips, Gender Action | with 0 comments

Going wild - 30 days wild this June

Now in its fifth year, The Wildlife Trust’s annual 30 Days Wild challenge is back and it’s bigger and wilder than ever! Get outdoors this June and enjoy Random Acts of Wildness that enable everybody to engage with nature on their doorstep.


Posted by Emma Lusby, Communications officer, The Wildlife Trust | with 0 comments

Yoga for children

Stephanie works as an independent yoga teacher as well as teaching Tatty Bumpkin children's yoga classes. Here, Stephanie tells us about the benefits of children's yoga and how it can help to balance out a busy schedule.


Posted by Michelle Tempest and Stephanie Henrysson | with 0 comments

What does Ofsted mean by cultural capital?

One thing we are being asked about is the term cultural capital, which we introduced in the draft early years inspection handbook. We want to be clear about what we mean by cultural capital so read this blog to understand more. 


Posted by Wendy Ratcliff, HMI in early years, Ofsted | with 7 comments