Take the first step into work, training or volunteering with PACE (Providing Access to Childcare and Employment)

PACE helps parents with two, three and four year olds who get free childcare to move in to work, training and volunteering

PACE (Providing Access to Childcare and Employment) started in 2017. The project was jointly funded by European and Council funding. The European funding has ended but the work of PACE is being continued by Brighton and Hove City Council.

PACE exists to help parents with young children get into work, training and volunteering, whilst making sure their childcare needs are met

Keyworkers from the Children’s Centres and the Family Information Service support parents every step of the way to help them achieve their goals. 


PACE is for parents who meet all 3 of the following:

  • claim out of work benefits, or if they are a non EEA (European Economic Area) citizen have the right to work in the UK
  • have a two, three or four year old child with a funded childcare place
  • face additional barriers or challenges to reach their goals 

If you don’t meet all 3 of the above criteria, but would still like help to get employment support, send an email to familyinfo@brighton-hove.gov.uk and we can help you.

Celebrating PACE!

We started working with PACE parents in September 2017, and we have been delighted with the achievements of our parents and staff in the last 2 years.

We've had fantastic support from our partner organisations and childcare settings who refer parents to the project, promote what we do and support parents.

To find out more about the support PACE offers and what parents say about the project read the PACE progress report.

Find out more and request an application form

Send an email to familyinfo@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 29 35 45 to speak to an adviser. You can also find out more about PACE at your local children's centre.

If you are in work when your child is three, find out if you can get 30 hours free childcare.

You can learn more about the PACE Interreg project including a film about how all the project partners worked, final reports, a handbook and much more. 

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