PACEY non-member resources

Best practice

Below is a comprehensive collection of free resources to support childcare professionals in their work – including starting up their business, understanding funding and professional development.

Business smart

Business smart is a dedicated area of the PACEY website. The resources in this area were developed by childcare providers as a one-stop shop for all things related to starting up and running a successful childcare business.


CEY smart

CEY smart offers online CPD training for everyone working in early years and childcare. Whether a childcare provider is new to the industry or has 30 years’ experience under their belt – CEY smart has something for everyone.

The innovative learning includes interactive, engaging courses that take just 10-15 minutes to complete. Courses can be done on any device, at any time.

This user-friendly approach to learning enables childcare providers to fit CPD around their busy schedules, supporting them to take steps towards professional development and quality improvement. The short courses are designed to build confidence and encourage reflective practice. There are also simple next steps and ideas, as well as an easy way for childcare providers to keep track of their CPD!

Spotlight pages

PACEY’s Spotlight section is packed with ideas to support childcare professionals. Subjects include caring for 2-year-olds; 30 hours funding; supporting families; promoting positive diversity; safeguarding, GDPR; special educational needs; nutrition, and much more.

When childcare providers click on their chosen subject, they’ll be taken through to information, ideas and resources. An invaluable tool for childcare providers at any stage of their career.

Facebook groups

Play to Learn
PACEY created the Play to Learn Facebook group to provide an environment that promotes and shares simple activities and routines for children. These can be created and delivered at home or at a childcare setting for little or no cost, whilst supporting children’s learning and development. The perfect platform for encouraging partnership working between childcare providers and parents.

First steps to childminding
First steps to childminding is a supportive network for people wishing to become childminders. This Facebook group is the ideal place to direct anyone in your local area who’s thinking about making the move into childcare.

The First steps to childminding group is also useful for newly registered childminders, or those undertaking pre-registration training.

Ideas for creative childcare
At PACEY, we know that thousands of childcare providers have amazing creative ideas to share. That’s why we’ve created this fun Facebook group, where providers can upload photos and videos of creative activities at their settings.

Ideas for creative childcare is a fantastic group for childcare providers to join for tips and inspiration. 

Supporting children with SEND

Many childcare providers care for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). A child may be diagnosed with a condition before joining a childcare setting, or the provider may be involved in identifying a special educational need or disability.

We understand that high quality childcare is vital for supporting children with SEND. The information below forms part of our Spotlight on SEND page, created to help childcare providers to understand SEND, the SEND Code of Practice and what it means for them. There’s also a case study about the rewarding benefits of caring for children with SEND.  

Video – meet PACEY childminders caring for disabled children

What is SEND?

What is the SEND Code of Practice?

What does the SEND Code of Practice mean for me?  

Case study: Caring for a child with SEND and claiming the 2-year-old funding – read Cathy’s story


Below is a collection of leaflets for you to have at your fingertips and share with the childcare providers you work with.

Childminder recruitment poster.

Download our poster and display
it in your local offices to encourage
childminder recruitment.  

Childminder recruitment poster

Download our poster and display it in your
local offices to encourage childminder recruitment.

Why not become a childminder?

This short video talks about all the
benefits of becoming a childminder,
hears from those who have changed
their career and why it might be an
option for you.

Supporting parents to access childcare

This short video gives an overview of
the high-quality childcare options
available and how parents have
been impacted by their child's setting.

Join our #NotABabysitter campaign.
Help spread the word about the
training, regulation and
qualifications of professional
childminders and how they
can support the families you
work with.

Download our media pack.

Men in the Early Years (MITEY)

Working in early years education and childcare
is one of the most important jobs in the world.
Recruiting men to play their part in it
should be a priority for any government,
local authority, early years provider or other
early years sector organisation which cares
about diversity and inclusion. PACEY has
been working with MITEY to help spread the word.

Find out more

Childminding - A rewarding and flexible career choice

Ideal for those considering becoming a registered childminder, this leaflet has all the information they need when deciding if childminding is the right career choice for them.

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Nanny membership - A rewarding and worthwhile career choice

Ideal for those considering becoming a Home Childcarer (Nanny), this leaflet has all the information they need when deciding if being a Nanny is the right career choice for them.

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We have worked with the experts at Childcare Insurance Specialists (CIS) Ltd. who understand that your home is also your place of work and your needs and requirements are different. Together, we have developed a policy that provides you with the cover you need. 

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The perfect policy designed specifically for those transporting children. We understand that your vehicle is part of your service, and your needs and requirements are different.

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Building bright futures - Who is PACEY?

You can rely on our experience. PACEY supports childcarers across England and Wales. Find out more about the support we offer.

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Business Smart

Business Smart helps all childcare practitioners gain and build on the business skills, knowledge and confidence they need to run successful businesses.

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Childcare: Ready to choose?
is a downloadable leaflet to use
with parents. It clearly explains the
different types of childcare available,
and offers suggestions of questions
for parents to ask when talking to
childcare providers. For versions for
Wales please see leaflets in Wales
Childcare: helping you choose
postcard. This postcard may
be used to signpost parents
to childminders who are able
to offer funded childcare.
Find out more and access resources to support PACEY's #changedalife campaign