Your early years news, features and guides round up: 11th – 24th January 2020

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



The Self Assessment Service Statement (SASS) deadline is looming on the 4th February 2020… have you submitted yours yet?

Don’t forget, we are here to support you through this process. All Cwlwm partners are available to provide support, whether you are a member of a certain umbrella organisation or not!

More info on support sessions here.

Alternatively, check out these useful tips CIW have provided which may help answer any queries you currently have:



Cwlwm Winter 2020 Newsletter

The Winter 2020 Cwlwm Newsletter is now online!

Includes latest updates on CIW, National Minimum Standards, The All Wales Safeguarding Guidelines, The Childcare Offer

…& much, much more!

Visit the Cwlwm website here to have a read.



Men in the Early Years

Latest figures show that in England and Wales only 3% of staff working in early years education are male; in Scotland it’s 4%.

In more than three-quarters of early years settings, there is not a single male employee.

This is not a phenomenon unique to the UK: it is global.

The MITEY (Men In The Early Years) Guide to Recruiting Men into Early Years Education guide challenges the early years sector to take ‘positive action’ to bring more men into the workforce, to double their pool of talent and create a more representative workforce.

MITEY is run by the Fatherhood Institute. It is a national network and campaign which works to bring more men into the early years education workforce, and support them once they are part of it.

You can download your free copy hereor for more info, click here.



Physical activity guidelines: UK Chief Medical Officers’ report

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The recently updated UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines are now available on the GOV.UK website.

This report emphasises the importance of regular activity for people of all ages – including the under 5’s & for the first time, additional guidance on being active during and after pregnancy.

Read the full report here.



Active Together Wales

ImageIf you are following us on social media, you may have noticed some subtle hints of our new Active Together Wales programme, as part of our Welsh Active Early Years project – funded by the Healthy and Active Fund, a partnership between Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales.

Active Together Wales is a free 4-week multi skills programme aiming to support children and adults to start enjoying playing actively together, whilst learning about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, meet new friends and find out about their local community. It is delivered as a 4-week multi skills movement and play based active programme that is delivered directly to children and parents/carers.

We want to share with families how they can enjoy playing actively, enabling them to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle instead of seeing it as a challenge. Within the programme, we show parents how play is central to a child’s physical, mental, social and emotional health and well-being; resulting in resilience and flexibility and contributing to physical and emotional well-being. The sessions aim to bring existing and new groups of people together to create and support the community.

Keep a look out for dates near you soon…


Active Baby and You Workshop – Deeside (7th March 2020)

…& as part of the Welsh Active Early Years project, we will also be running FREE Play to Learn Workshops introducing ‘Active Baby and You’. This workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to cascade activities and health and well-being messages to the children in your care.

It will also provide you with information to support parents through 4-week multi-skills play based approach.

The next Active Baby and You Workshop will take place in Deeside Leisure Centre on the 7th March 2020. Full details can be found on our Events page here.

To request a booking form, please email us here:



The 5 Big Questions

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Early Years Wales is proud to support the Duchess of Cambridge & The Royal Foundation with the 5 Big Questions survey which launched this week.

The aim of the survey is to bring together the thoughts of individuals, organisations and businesses so that we can build the healthiest generation in history by giving every child the best start in life.

As part of her 24-hour UK tour to mark the launch, the Duchess visited a baby sensory class at the Ely and Caerau Children’s Centre in Cardiff to hear about the support parents receive there.

Click here for more information and how you can have your say.



A NEW way to fundraise for your setting!

With everyone connected to your setting likely to be booking their summer breaks soon, this is a great time to register with easyfundraising, the UK’s biggest charity fundraising shopping site.

Your supporters can raise BIG donations for your setting with travel purchases. All the leading holiday companies including Expedia,, Jet 2, TUI & will donate to your setting for FREE when parents, staff and supporters use easyfundraising to book with them.

Travel donations are some of the biggest that can be raised! Supporters can raise up to £96 in free cashback for your setting on the average package holiday & even purchases like airport parking or travel insurance have free donations available.

This is such a simple way to get fundraising for your setting off to a good start in 2020! So, if you’re not already part of the easyfundraising community, get started here today.



Foundation Phase Excellence Network Events 2020

Denbighshire – 13th February 2020

The theme of this event is Creative Practitioners Nurture Creative Learners.

Do you find creativity and risk-taking liberating and exciting or incredibly daunting and challenging?

Nia Richards from the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools Scheme, with support from Foundation Phase teachers, will be speaking and delivering workshops on developing creativity.

Hannah Chivers from Welsh Government will be discussing ‘Hwb, the FPEN zone and developments with the Curriculum for Wales 2022′

Plus, a copy of ‘Geiriau Diflanedig (‘The Lost Words’) by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris for every delegate!

To book your FREE place, visit our Eventbrite page here.



Bridgend – 5th March 2020

For our Bridgend Foundation Phase Excellence Event on the 5th March 2020, guest speaker – Pavla Boulton, from University of South Wales (USW) will be discussing ‘The Lost Words Project…Exploring the New Curriculum’

Guest speaker Hannah Chivers from Welsh Government will be back discussing ‘Hwb, the FPEN zone and developments with the Curriculum for Wales 2022′

Also Kin Kindergarten will be delivering workshops on ‘Documenting Outdoor Learning’ & Booktrust Cymru will be discussing ‘Pori Drwy Stori’

Plus, a copy of ‘Geiriau Diflanedig’ (‘The Lost Words’) by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris for every delegate!

To book your FREE place, visit our Eventbrite page here.




Early Years Wales – Freelance Facilitator & Co-Facilitator Positions

As part of the Welsh Active Early Years Project, a project funded by the Healthy and Active Fund, a partnership between Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales – we are currently recruiting for Freelance Facilitators and Co-Facilitators across Wales.

The purpose of these roles is to deliver a face to face programme of physical literacy activities based on play to adults and young children aged 0-5 years followed by one-to-one group support to ensure that existing groups embed the ethos and activities into practice and new groups can be set up to be sustainable.

For more details on both of these roles, please visit our jobs page here. Closing date for both is 31st January 2020.




Are you currently recruiting in your setting?

Don’t forget members, we will advertise any vacancy you have in your setting on our website and social media pages for FREE!

Send your vacancy to and we will take care of the rest.



…& finally

ImageEarly Years Wales is delighted to be supporting BookTrust Cymru in celebrating the The Big Welsh Rhyme Time 10-14th February!

The Big Welsh Rhyme Time aims to promote and encourage fun and enjoyable rhyme sharing activity for children in Wales aged 0-5, in Welsh and English.

Click here for some exciting things to look forward to during this week.


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