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

PACE helps parents with 2,3 and 4 year olds who get free childcare to move in to work, training and volunteering, whilst making sure that their childcare needs are met.

About PACE

The PACE service offers:

  • keyworkers who can support parents achieve their goals
  • regular meetings to create a Personal Development Plan (PDP) with clear goals 
  • opportunities to meet other parents  
  • a voluntary programme where parents progress at a pace that suits them and their family 
  • help to find childcare, including occasional childcare for training and one-off appointments 
  • support for the whole family including finances, benefits, and childcare funding 
  • a flexible training programme to boost confidence, build skills, and access qualifications 

What parents say about PACE

Parents have commented that:

  • they couldn't wait to tell their PACE keyworker that they'd found a job
  • their keyworker supported them to get a bus pass for work, along with changing their benefits when they started working
  • PACE helped them swap sessions at the nursery to cover training and to get extra hours when they started work

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 2, 3 or 4 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, complete our online form to get employment support.

Find out more and ask for an application form

Complete our online form 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 work when your child is 3 years old, find out if you can get 30 hours free childcare.

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