If you have a question about the childcare sector, the role of childcare professionals or what you'd like to see happening in the wider childcare policy agenda, you might be interested to join an online debate tomorrow at 9am.

#askPACEY is a new way for you to engage with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years. Chief Executive, Liz Bayram, and President, Penny Tassoni, will be online between 9am and 11am to answer your questions.

The Q&A session is open to anyone including parents and childcare professionals (you don’t need to be a PACEY member to ask a question). The goal is to engage everyone interested in early years childcare and child development in a respectful and engaging Q&A session.

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of PACEY, said:

‘We’re looking forward to hearing directly from parents and childcare professionals – whether members or non-members – to find out their key concerns around childcare in the year ahead.

We’re currently seeing rapid change within the sector, from the opposition’s proposals to extend free entitlement and the government’s doubling of early years bursaries – to the introduction of childminder agencies and a gradual shift towards the formalisation of early years settings.

We know that many families are struggling to secure high quality childcare and have important questions to ask over how to find the right kind of provider, as well as how to ensure that they’re children are receiving the best quality of care possible. I hope that in this session we can offer valuable guidance and advice that will help both families and childcare professionals across the country.

I’m excited that this session will be the first of many in which we can communicate the work we’re doing to drive quality of care within the sector whilst responding directly to concerns from families and childcare professionals.’

Penny Tassoni, President of PACEY, said:

‘I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with parents and childcare professionals, and to offer my advice on how best they might support children's development.’ 

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More information on the PACEY website

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