Your early years news, features and guides round up: 11th – 24th August 2018

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


Business Wales Childcare Grant


Business Wales are offering childcare providers in Wales the opportunity to apply for a Childcare Grant. The purpose of the grant is to encourage the creation of new childcare places and new places for children with additional or special needs in Wales to support the Welsh Government’s 30 Hour Childcare Offer.

Details on how the scheme works can be found on our news page here, but if you would like any further information on the grant, or would like to request an application form, please call the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000 or speak with your local Business Wales team.  Live chat is also available on their website here.



Congratulations to our neighbours Techniquest, who have secured £3m of funding to make science more accessible to the people of Wales and many more generations yet to come!

This funding will help with Techniquest’s plans for a The Science Capital — a project which encompasses an extension of its building on Stuart Street and a re positioning exercise to extend and diversify its audiences.

This extension will provide an additional exhibition space to house brand new content, which will be developed with businesses and academics at the forefront of the STEM agenda in Wales and supported by a programme of community co-production.

Visit Techniquest’s website here for the full report.


Eye Sights

Children are developing permanent problems with their vision because they are not being given eye tests early enough, optometrists have warned.

Delayed diagnosis can make treatment for sight problems such as amblyopia, known as “lazy eye”, much less effective. One in 50 children will develop amblyopia, where one or both eyes are unable to build a strong link to the brain, causing vision to not develop properly.

The NHS recommends that children should be screened for the condition when they turn four, as it can become harder to treat after the age of six.

For the full article, please click here.


Plastic Free

We shared a video on our social media pages last week of some useful tips, provided by blogger Mamalina, to get you started on reducing your dependence on plastics.

If you missed it, check it out here. For more information on being more plastic free, and why it is important, visit the Plastics Watch website here.



DBS checks

Got any burning questions regarding DBS checks? uCheck’s online blog may help answer a few!

Take a look here at just one of their blog posts, that answers one of the most common questions asked by applicants… ‘When do DBS checks expire?’




The Autumn edition smalltalk has gone to print and will be landing on your mats in no time!

Here is a sneaky peek of what’s inside…

What does social networking mean to you? Nowadays social networking seems to focus more on ‘expanding the number of one’s business and/or social contacts via social media sites’ making it easy to forget about all the ‘real-life’ individuals we connect with throughout our lives.

At Wales PPA, we enjoy connecting with our members, stakeholders, other organisations & individuals via social media as much as the next person. As convenient as the internet is, you can never beat the personal touch. Wales PPA members are invited to attend many events throughout the year which are designed to connect you with likeminded professionals. Our members forums are a great opportunity to network with other providers, staff and guest speakers from across Wales. We hold one a year in each county and every forum is open to every member, with the content varying in each one. That’s a potential 22 forums to attend each year! We give you an update from the latest round on page 4.

Did you attend one of our Foundation Phase Excellence Network (FPEN) events that took place recently? Kelcie Hurley our Early Years Project Coordinator gives you a round-up of the agenda items on page 14. Don’t worry if you were unable to attend, we’ll be exploring the topics in more detail in the next few issues of smalltalk and have more events in the pipeline. Watch this space!

Talking of future events, we reveal some exciting news on page 5 that you will be itching to take a look at!


…& finally


Wales PPA are proud to announce that in September, we will be launching our improved and updated Quality for All (QfA) scheme for existing and new customers.

For more information on our more relevant, less time consuming, downloadable and cheaper Quality Assurance scheme, simply follow the link below to our new dedicated webpage…


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