Our work with Government in England

PACEY works closely with central government in England to help shape early years policy, offering advice and advocacy on behalf of our members.

We also meet regularly with elected Ministers and representatives of non-ministerial departments such as Ofsted.

In the last 12 months, PACEY has shared members' views with Westminster government officials, MPs, Lords and Ministers on the following issues:

  • The cost of childcare - funded early years education places for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds and the affordability of childcare, for parents and providers
  • Qualifications pathways and continuous professional development (CPD)
  • The new Tax-Free Childcare funding scheme and other financial support
  • Childcare in schools and baseline testing proposals
  • School readiness and the importance of play
  • Ofsted's inspection and statistics.

Read our latest responses to government consultations here.

In August 2015 the entry requirements to hold GCSEs at C and above in English and Maths for people wanting to take a the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification were removed. PACEY worked with the Department for Education on this and other workforce issues to help ensure that everyone working in childcare is supported to gain the skills and knowledge they need to deliver high quality care and progress in their chosen profession.

You can make your voice heard and contribute to PACEY's work in talking to government by getting involved with the PACEY community.

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