Your early years news, features and guides round up: 10th – 23rd August 2019

Take a look here at some of the news & updates surrounding the sector that have caught our eye these past couple of weeks…


Bringing a fresh perspective to Early Childhood Education and Care – Seminar

Workshops for our seminar on the 17th September have now been ANNOUNCED!

On the day of the seminar you will have the opportunity to attend 2 out of the following 4 workshops. As space will be limited we advise you arrive as early as possible to try and avoid disappointment.

These include…

– Information sharing from Little Tigers Day Care in Monmouthshire, on how they have been building links with their local community.

– Hear how Chuckles Nursery in Newport took their healthy eating strategy to another level, by engaging with parents and families of the children they care for.

– A sneak preview of the organisations’ newest programme for parents and children aged 0-5; the Welsh Active Early Years project – delivered in partnership with Welsh Gymnastics.

– A further opportunity to discuss and share ideas on the San Miniato approach in more detail with our guest speakers, Aldo Fortunati and Barbara Pagni.

More information on these workshops can be found here.

To access the Early Bird discount, follow the link here.


…& did you know?

If you are a member of Early Years Wales, you are entitled to significant discount on our September seminar AND are entitled to 2 tickets… so you can bring someone along with you!

All membership information can be found on our website here.


Already attending?

If you have already booked onto our September seminar: Bringing a fresh perspective to Early Childhood Education and Care, you might this article an interesting read, where Aldo Fortunati goes into more detail into the revolutions in the role of the educator, the need to make room for children’s creativity and curiosity and comments on inspiring examples in teaching.

To read the full interview* with Aldo Fortunati, please click here.

*An option to translate this should be available when the article opens.


Nursery World

Our members, The Learning Tree in Cardiff, had a lovely feature on Nursery World last week.

The article explains how business owner and father of two, Chris Baker, decided to step in and save the setting previously known as Busy Bees nursery.

The Learning Tree, which now trades as a limited company, has increased its occupancy and nearly doubled its number of staff.

It has also just been awarded a capital grant to re-landscape the garden and in September will start offering wrap-around care.

Read more here.


WCVA Charity Awards

WCVA have launched The Welsh Charity Awards in recognition and celebration of the fantastic contribution charities, community groups, not-for-profits and volunteers make to Wales.

So if you know an organisation or individual that deserves to be celebrated, nominate them here.

Closing date for nominations – 2nd October 2019



A HUGE congratulations to Happy Hands Playgroup & Rising 4’s for winning the easyfundraising competition – they’ve won a £100 Early Learning Centre voucher!

As a totally self-funded setting, Happy Hands are using easyfundraising as an extra income stream. Shirley Massingham said:

“We were shocked & surprised when we found out we’d won. It’s the very first thing we have ever won!”

Shirley told us how their setting plans to spend the voucher. She said:

“We would like to try and buy a hospital for when we do our theme on ‘People Who Help Us’. Or maybe a workshop, with tools and a workbench.”

“easyfundraising is a quick and simple way of earning extra money, there are no time-consuming forms to fill out. We would highly recommend that other groups give it a go.”

To start raising free funds for your setting, click here.


Looking for funding?

Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop.

Grants, of up to £1000 will be available to support projects that ‘benefit local communities – helping to improve lives and local places’.

One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in Wales, England and Scotland.

For more information including the types of projects and organisations eligible, click here.



It was #WorldPhotographyDay on the 19th August 2019, marking the 180th anniversary of the Daguerrotype photographic process being given as a “gift to the free world” by the French Government.

In the autumn issue of smalltalk (published September), we introduce photography to two of our member groups – unlocking the potential that photography has for putting children at the centre of their own learning.


Are you opening up conversations in your setting using photography? Let us know:



Camau – Welsh Courses

The National Centre for Learning Welsh have just released dates for Welsh courses to begin in September – open to all on a first come, first served basis.

The following courses have been announced to begin in September 2019:


Abertawe / Swansea






Pontypwl / Pontypool:







Radon Gas Information for Childcare Providers

Have you tested your provision for Radon Gas?

In collaboration with Welsh Government & Public Health Wales, the Cwlwm partnership are raising awareness of radon gas and what this means for childcare providers in Wales.

Please follow link here to the Cwlwm website, where you will find some useful information about what radon gas is and how it could affect you and your service, and the possible actions you may need to take if detected.



Early Years Wales Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event 

Keep your eyes peeled members, more information on our Foundation Phase Excellence Event will be announced soon.

For now, take a peek of what is in store…


Cardiff Deaf Creative Hands – Communication Convention

Cardiff Deaf Creative Hands would like to invite professionals that work with Deaf or Hard of Hearing children and young people to join them on their continuing education programme.

In part 6 on Mon 28th October 2019, Amy Stephens will be sharing information and ideas about how parents and professionals can use a Sensory Integration frame of reference to optimise communication opportunities with their children.

Don’t miss out on this FREE event. There is limited capacity so book now via Eventbrite here.




Early Years Wales are currently recruiting for 3 x Development Worker Central Support’s for Cardiff, Swansea and St Asaph.

The purpose of the role is to act as a key member of the Central Support team to develop and support quality childcare, education and play providers

More information on these roles can be found on our Jobs page here.


Our members also have the following vacancies…

Winners of the ‘Setting of the Year’ Award from our very first Early Years Wales Awards – Abacus Day Nursery – are currently looking to recruit enthusiastic, hard working apprentices to work in their day nursery.

To find out more, click here.

…& don’t forget members, we will advertise any vacancy you have on our website & social media for FREE!

Email: with your job advert and we will take care of the rest.


…& finally

We welcomed not just 1 member of the Early Years Wales team recently, but in fact TWO!



Elisha Lewis, our new Receptionist / Administrator!

Elisha will be providing administrative support for the Early Years Wales team and be our front of house for our Head Office in Cardiff.

Contact details for Elisha and all of the Early Years Wales team can be found here.


& not forgetting Pippa, our new NW team member!

Good to see she is enjoying our smalltalk magazine!

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