Your early years news, features and guides round up: 6th – 23rd March 2018

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


National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage

You may already be aware, that The National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage rates are increasing from April 2018. There are different levels of National Minimum Wage (NMW), depending on your age and whether you are an apprentice.  If you’re aged 25 and over, you’ll get the National Living Wage (NLW).

To view the current minimum wage rates and the rates from April 2018, visit our news post here.



The Childcare Wales Learning and Working Mutually consortia (Cwlwm) brings together the five leading childcare organisations in Wales; Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs, Mudiad Meithrin, National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA Cymru), PACEY Cymru and Wales Pre-School Providers Association (Wales PPA).

Together we (Cwlwm) supports the Welsh Government to ensure that families across Wales can access affordable, quality childcare providing innovative solutions to create flexible childcare and play opportunities to meet the needs of parents and their families. By delivering a bilingual integrated service we ensure the best possible outcomes for children and families across Wales.

To keep up to date on the latest news and to check out the 3 new blog posts that have recently been added, visit Cwlwm’s blog page here.


BBC news

It has recently been found that two in three councils providing nursery services do not employ any men. How can diversity in childcare profession be improved? Click here to find out more.

Parents in the UK spend much less time helping their children with homework, compared to parents in other countries. A survey of 27,830 parents in 29 countries found only 11% of UK parents spent an hour per day helping their children, far behind 62% in India. The full article can be found here.


Welsh Government

A new curriculum is being developed for settings and schools and aims to be used throughout Wales by 2022. Follow the link here to find out what is changing, how, why and when it will come into action.




There’s a cracking £100 donation up for grabs for the setting who collects the most easyfundraising supporters this month so hop to it and enter our Easter Good Egg Hunt competition!

This competition is open to new and already registered settings, so if you are not yet registered with easyfundraising, do it now here or to find out more about the Good Egg Hunt, click here.





Are you as excited and committed to the future of childcare in Wales as we are? Then why not consider joining our Board of Trustees. Wales PPA are welcoming applications from anyone who is interested in making a difference to the early years sector in Wales. Please click here for more information.

Our members also have the following vacancies within their setting…



There has been a slight delay with dispatch of smalltalk this edition folks – apologies about this, but we promise it will be hopping through your letterboxes very soon!

We have a bumper issue for you this quarter, as well as your annual membership renewal form, we have expert sector specific guidance on how you should be preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it comes into force in May, Welsh Gov answer your questions on the 10 year Childcare, Play and Early Years Workforce Plan which was published in December, we are delighted to feature an extract from Pete Moorhouse’s new book in our Foundation Phase: Talking Point and much, much more.






In case you missed it…

We just HAD to share this heart-warming edition of Carpool Karaoke in support of World Down Syndrome Day



Warning: this video is highly likely to tug on a few heart strings!



(click the image to access the video)


…& finally

Because sometimes, a muddy puddle is just made to be rolled in!

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