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Join in with our ‘blog posts’!

Join in with our 'blog posts' or contribute a blog post to share with all our members?

If you feel able to write a blog about the big issues / challenges / celebrations that you are facing during these recent unsettling times please do so. Ideally they should be between 500 and 750 words and must not include any names or clues to where in the country you are. If at the end they could include a couple of discussion questions this may support yourself and others to respond and to think or do things differently as a result of the blog. Please choose a title for your blog post. 

In addition to supporting practitioners at this challenging time they may also become an opportunity for the organisation to really see the needs of all kinds of settings during this time in history.

Please send all blogs to Penny Borkett (Trustee) on Pennyb41@aol.com who will check for editing before they become live. 

Survey

Childcare Survey

We believe that Government needs to help:

  • 41,000 self-employed registered childminders in England and Wales who are not eligible for the majority of financial support for businesses announced to date.
  • Just under 28,000 childcare on non-domestic premises who may be eligible for government business support but need that help today, not in a month’s time, as their business doesn’t have the cash flow to keep them afloat until government support is accessible.

So PACEY launched our COVID-19 closure survey today to demonstrate the impact of the forced closures across England and Wales. Childminders and other childcare providers are being urged to answer a few vital questions this week. By doing so, PACEY can demonstrate to government how many settings fear that temporary closure of their service to families, is likely to lead to permanent closure in six months to a year’s time

We know government advice to close has been necessary to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. We are urging every childcare provider to follow government guidance. But, we all have to recognise this will have a devastating impact on the long term sustainability of so many early years and childcare settings, services that families rely, services that have been underfunded for many years.

Of upmost urgency right now is support for the 41,000 registered childminders in England and Wales. Most do not qualify for the current government support available to business. They are self-employed sole traders; most do not deliver early education places so will not continue to receive that funding.  Most are on low incomes, many are single parents and, as of today, can only look to the benefit system for support.

PACEY shares government’s priority to support the childcare providers to survive the impact of Coronavirus and the closures it is forcing on so many of their businesses. More has to be done to understand the long-term impact and the support all childcare providers will need, especially childminders, so that there is a strong early years and childcare sector that families can rely on when we are all able to return to our normal working lives.

Please help us by sharing the survey with your staff, on your social media or other networks over the next week. Childcare providers can take part in the survey here …. 

New Blog Posts

New Blog Posts 

Dear Members,

Over the past few months TACTYC trustees have been posting blogs onto the website in relation to issues in the early years which they have concerns about. However in these very recent days as a committee we are aware that many practitioners are working in challenging circumstances and we would like to hear from you those challenges.

If you feel able to write a blog about the big issues / challenges / celebrations that you are facing during these unsettling times please do so. Ideally they should be between 500 and 750 words and must not include any names or clues to where in the country you are. If at the end they could include a couple of discussion questions this may support yourself and others to respond and to think or do things differently as a result of the blog.

In addition to supporting practitioners at this challenging time they may also become an opportunity for the organisation to really see the needs of all kinds of settings during this time in history.

Please send all blogs to Penny Borkett (Trustee) on Pennyb41@aol.com who will check for editing before they become live.

We look forward to hearing from you.

‘More than a score’ campaign

Do you want to get involved in the ‘return of the 4 year olds’ on 24th March? Here are the details of the next stage of the campaign. Join the march again to shout out loud in Parliament Square from noon and then onto the Department of Education to hand in a giant letter demanding Gavin Williamson call a halt to these pointless and damaging tests.…

Briefing Paper following the ECSDN/TACTYC Symposium ‘Professionals working with young children: or just anybody?’ #’One voice for childhood’

Here is the briefing paper following the ECSDN/TACTYC Symposium
University of Reading 1st November 2019
‘Professionals working with young children: or just anybody?’

A group of academics, practitioners, professionals and employers from the early childhood sector met to discuss the growing crisis in the early childhood workforce. 

A joint social media campaign began on 8th November entitled #'One voice for childhood'

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