PACEY launches online consultation on CPD

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The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) is consulting with practitioners on the continued professional development (CPD) support they require in the future.

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PACEY is consulting with the sector on its CPD support to members

PACEY’s online consultation, open to all childcare professionals in England and Wales until 15 December, sets out three potential ways to support childminders, nannies and nursery workers to make improvements to their childcare practice and plan for their own development.

It also seeks to find out practitioners’ motivation to undertake CPD. According to PACEY, respondents so far have said that being able to offer higher quality of care to children and families is their main motivator.

Feedback from the consultation will be used to help PACEY decide upon the best framework for its CPD support to members in the future. It will also determine the type and mix of training members should be asked to undertake to achieve PACEY’s Professional Standards, and to develop the structure needed to best support practitioners in working towards them.

Those who take part in the consultation will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 voucher.

Liz Bayram, chief executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, said, ‘We know that childminders, nannies and nursery workers are already dedicating significant time and resources to continuously improving their knowledge and skills.

‘This consultation will help PACEY continue to provide the best support it can to the sector. Our members are already telling us what practice areas our free training, how-to videos and other practice support should cover. This consultation takes this conversation one step further, asking childcare professionals to tell us the ways in which they want to continuously improve and the areas they are keen to focus on.’

She added, ‘I hope all childcare professionals take time to respond, so that our final CPD offer is truly based on what the sector wants in terms of support to deliver high standards of care and learning, as well as support to improve personally.’