Your early years news, features and guides round up – January/February 2018

A very Happy New Year to you all. Hope 2018 has been treating you well so far.

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



At the beginning of January, we updated you on the recent Public Health Wales Press Release, regarding BeatFlu. As the colder months are most certainly upon us and with a sharp rise in the number of recorded cases of flu, Public Health Wales are reminding people affected to think carefully before seeking further medical assistance, unless you are in at-risk groups.

For more details regarding this press release, please click here.


Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)

You may already be aware, that Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) have recently changed their name and will be now known and referred to as Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW).

Providers do not need to be concerned about their registration with these changes and will not be affected in any way.


For more information, please visit CIW’s website.


Tax-Free Childcare

In April 2017, HM Revenue and Customs started rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, which helps working parents with the cost of childcare with up to £2,000 of support per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.

Tax-Free Childcare has now recently become available to families with children under nine (or who turned nine on 15th January 2018).

Parents, including the self-employed, can apply online for Tax-Free Childcare by visiting Childcare Choices. Parents can also access the government’s childcare calculator through Childcare Choices, which helps parents to choose which government childcare support is best for them.

Click here for more details.



Cwlwm are collaborating with Public Health Wales and Welsh Government to raise awareness of radon gas and what this means for childcare providers in Wales.

Click here to find more information on what radon gas is, how you can find out whether it may affect you and your service, and possible actions you can take.


Data Protection and GDPR

From May 25th 2018, a new EU law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect and will give individuals greater control over their own personal data.

Even though your early years setting may already have a data protection policy in place, some significant changes will be needed.

Watch out for our in-depth guide to GDPR in the spring edition of smalltalk, but in the meantime, check out this useful report on information sharing and data protection from the Pre-school Learning Alliance website.



Speaking of smalltalk… have you missed any previous issues?

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If you are a member of Wales PPA and have missed any copies, please call: 029 2045 1242 or email: for your free download.

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Wales PPA are currently recruiting for a Temporary Playgroup Assistant for our two Flying Start settings. Closing date is Friday 9th February. For more information, please visit our jobs page.

Are you currently recruiting within your setting? One of the many benefits of being a Wales PPA member is that we will advertise any vacancies you are currently holding onto our website and social media pages.

Please email with the details of the vacancy and we can take care of the rest!

If you would like to use our example job post template, please feel free to download this here. Or for more in-depth recruitment guidance, you can order a copy of our Employer Resource Pack here.



To round things off… check out these upcoming courses available to all Wales PPA members!


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