Your early years news, features and guides round up: 19th – 5th March 2018

Here is our pick of the headlines affecting early years childcare in Wales from the past few weeks…


Cardiff Bay Jungle Exhibition

During February Half Term, Cardiff Bay played host to a fantastic exhibition of life size jungle animals, all made from bricks. If you didn’t get a chance to come down and see it, check out some of the pictures here


What is phishing, vishing and smishing?!

Lately, there has been a big increase in the number of spam emails across the internet that aim to lure people to click on links that could be harmful to your computer. The emails and links can be disguised to look like official correspondence but are actually ‘dodgy’. If you receive unsolicited or suspicious looking emails, you can mark the mail as spam and then delete it. If you have opened one, please do not click any of the links or visit any suggested websites listed in these mails. Doing so could compromise the security of your computer or could allow hackers to ‘phish’ for information that could be used fraudulently or for identity theft.

For more information and extra tips on what to look for, please click here (this link is safe to open)


Early Years – Reading

Half of pre-school children being read to daily


The proportion of toddlers being read to every day has dropped by a fifth over the last five years. The annual Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer survey from Nielsen Book Research, interviewed 1,596 parents of 0 to 13-year-olds, and 417 14 to 17-year-olds in the UK last autumn. It found that while 69% of preschool children were read to daily in 2013, that figure had dropped to just 51%.

Click here for the full article


Dolly Parton gives 100th millionth book to children (Imagination Library)

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the initiative she set up in honour of her illiterate father, has handed out its 100 millionth free book. She first set up the Imagination Library scheme in 1996 in Sevier County, Tennessee, where she was raised. Children whose families sign up are posted free books, funded via charitable giving.

Full article can be found here


If you would like a bit more information on Imagination Library and how the scheme works, check out the article previously featured in our Autumn 2017 edition of Small Talk.

If you have misplaced your copy of this, we would be happy to send you a replacement! Please contact us on 02920 451242 and we will send one out to you.





Childcare fees stopped for some relatives in pilot scheme

A law which stops childminders receiving funding for looking after relatives must change, the future generations commissioner has said.

Relatives, registered as childminders, had got funding under the Welsh Government’s free childcare scheme.

But the benefit has been stopped after it was found paying relatives breached legislation, and has now left some parents forced to make a decision between keeping their child with a childminder related to them, or placing them with other childminders or nurseries in order to receive the funding.

The full article for this can be found here


Tax Free Childcare available for all parents

All parents can apply for Tax-Free Childcare through an online application by end of March 2018.

Once parents have opened an account, for every £8 they pay in, the UK Government will pay in £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children). This can then be spent on regulated childcare.

There are useful websites available that can provide further support on Tax-Free Childcare. The Childcare Choices website in particular, which includes a link to an easy-to-use childcare calculator.

More information can be found through the CIW website


Snow on the first day of Spring?!

…who would have thought it?! We hope you had lots of fun playing in the snow last week!

While one headteacher banned his students from touching the snow due to “health and safety” reasons, another headteacher from Reigate Grammar School in Surrey, tells parents to take children sledging on snow day.

He believes that snow days should be treasured, which is why he’s urged parents to take advantage of the frosty weather conditions by keeping their children home from school and enjoying the snow instead.

“Childhood passes by in the blink of an eye and there are too few days when we can play in the snow”

Click here to view the full article


Job Vacancies


Wales PPA are currently recruiting for a Development Worker in Merthyr Tydfil. Closing date is Tuesday 13th March. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here


Our members also have the following vacancies within their setting…

Nursery Assistant – Bloomfield Day Nursery, Pembrokeshire

Staff Member – Meithrinfa Cwtsh y Clos Nursery, Carmarthenshire


Are you currently recruiting? Don’t forget, one of the many benefits of being a Wales PPA member, is that you can advertise your vacancy on our website and social media for free! To download a free template, click here

Once you have completed your template, just sent it over to us at


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