How PACEY works with government

We work with government to represent our members' views and ensure children get the best start in life.

From campaigning on ratios and regulations, to responding to government consultations, PACEY works with national and local government in England and Wales to help shape and influence early years policy.

We're also commissioned by local and national government to provide services to early years professionals, including training for childminders and promoting childcare as a profession. And we offer a specific package of support to local childcare providers through local authorities.

Join in on our #letsmakeithappen campaign on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what other changes you want:

  • Read PACEY's letter outlining our key policy priorities for England.


At the heart of PACEY’s mission    
is a desire to improve understanding
of the critical role of high quality
early years provision – and the
role of individual practitioners in
particular. We are doing this through
our research, advocacy and
communications campaigns.

Working in childcare and early
years must not continue to be a
less well paid, lower status and
less skilled job than working with
older children. 

PACEY has been campaigning for
over a decade
 for childminders to be
permitted to deliver funded early
education and childcare places
to children who are related to them.

We have had success in Wales,
and as of Sept 2018 childminders will
be able to claim funding for related children
not residing with them.

What can you do? We are asking 
affected childminders and their families 
to make your voices heard by writing to 
your MP. Help us push for change: find 
your MP
 and tell your story using 
​our template letter.  


PACEY supports early years
professionals to provide high quality
provision through training, resources,
advice and peer support.

We are advocating that government
implement a workforce development
that supports and incentivises
practitioners to continuously improve
their skills, gain higher qualifications
and progress their careers.

We use research to highlight key
issues affecting the workforce and
make recommendations for change.

We are continuously calling on
government and local authorities
to provide a long-term, sustainable
funding settlement for 30 hours. We
are working to highlight the funding
gap through research and campaigns.

We also provide support and
information for providers and parents. 
Find out more at

If you have any queries about 30
hours, please contact our policy team.

We are working to promote
childminders as a valued choice for

New resources have been produced in
partnership with the Institute of Health
  to help health visitors support
parents to find high quality childcare. 
The parent area of our website has 
been improved to include promotional
videos, leaflets and support for 
choosing childcare.

We are calling on government and
local authorities to raise parental
awareness and understanding of childminding.

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