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PACEY to provide insight into childcare issues in live twitter debate

Article By: Julia Corbett, News Editor

Parents and childcare professionals will be able to take part in a question and answer discussion about childcare related issues next week as part of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) first #askPACEY social media event.

Both the president and chief executive of PACEY will be answering questions on Tuesday 3 December 2013 on a wide range of topics, including what recent Government policy changes mean for their local nursery and advice on how to improve children’s social and communication skills.

Liz Bayram, chief executive of PACEY will be answering questions on Twitter and 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 child minder 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.”

The discussion is the first in a series of events which is aimed at increasing parents and families engagement with the UK’s most recent childcare policy changes.

PACEY is urging anyone with a question for the discussion running from 9am to 11am to do so under the hashtag #askPACEY or the @PACEYchildcare twitter account.

Questions can also be submitted on the association’s Facebook page.

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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