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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. 


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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!


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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. 


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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.


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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!


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

Treasuring the trash

When I first started out as a childminder I was worried.  What if I didn’t have enough toys?  What if I didn’t have the right toys? What if the children didn’t like my toys? What if I didn’t provide the right environment for them to ‘learn through play’? But then I got started, I sat back and watched the children a lot and I realised that actually, toys are not that crucial to play. 


Posted by Kimberley Forteath, Little Sunbeams Childminding Service | with 2 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.


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Taking my setting outdoors

After becoming a childminder in 2016, Lisa wanted to get her setting outdoors. She then decided to explore forest school and hasn't looked back.


Posted by Lisa Chadburn, childminder | with 2 comments

A word to the wise on Winter

ICAN talks about the importance of direct experiences and how these can contribute greatly to children’s ability to store and recall new words. Speech and language advisor, Jon Gilmartin gives you tips on making simple situations like taking off your woolly hat and gloves a great learning opportunity. 


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The power of illustration

As a reader of a great many stories, what do you look for most in a children’s book? Are you looking for pictures full of colour, artistic drawings, humour? Do you like your books to be large or do you prefer books designed for little hands? Are your shelves rammed with all the firm favourites? And do you admit to hiding some to avoid reading it for the 100th time that week? 


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