We are pleased to share that Children in Wales and the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) have formed an exciting new partnership. This partnership will see both organisations collaborate on the development and delivery of safeguarding training for the childcare and early years workforce in Wales.

In May 2023, Welsh Government introduced revised National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare for children up to the age of 12 years this included clearer guidance on safeguarding training requirements in Wales

PACEY Cymru and Children in Wales will work in partnership to develop a package of training for the sector in line with the revised standards. Together, Children in Wales and PACEY Cymru will utilise their experience of the sector and safeguarding knowledge to develop a refreshed training package that meets the needs of all those working in childcare and early years settings. It is planned that this bilingual training will be delivered through a blended approach of self-directed online learning and trainer led learning.

Hugh Russell, CEO at Children in Wales said:

“It’s great to be working with PACEY Cymru to create a bespoke package of training in line with Welsh Government’s revised standards for childcare settings.

Safeguarding is at the core of our work at Children in Wales and we’re looking forward to bringing our knowledge and expertise together to create relevant and accessible training for our members and childcare settings across Wales”.  

Claire Protheroe, Head of Contracts and Projects at PACEY said: 

“We are very excited to be working with Children in Wales and bringing together our knowledge and experience in this area to support the sector.  The new National Safeguarding Training, Learning and Development Standards launched in November 2022 that are reflected in the revised National Minimum Standards will inform our programme of development and delivery. The outcome of this partnership will support our goal in having a knowledgeable workforce that understand the role they have to play to support children’s safety and welfare.”