Your early years news, features and guides round up: 13th – 26th July 2019

Schools out for SUMMER! We hope you have been enjoying this very warm start to the summer holidays and managing to keep cool!

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


Early Years Wales Events

It’s an exciting time to be an Early Years Wales member! Check out what events to look out for over the next couple of months…


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

Early bird tickets are still available to purchase for our seminar on the 17th September in the Angel Hotel, Cardiff led by Aldo Fortunati & Barbara Pagni, who will be talking about their philosophy – the San Miniato approach.

Inspired by Malaguzzi of Reggio fame, the San Miniato approach to early childhood education recognises the child as the protagonist – the leading character – in the processes of growing, learning and developing relationships, not only from the child’s viewpoint but for the benefit of their parents, family members, and their wider communities.

Exclusive rates are available to Early Years Wales members and your ticket price includes participation in the full itinerary of the day for 2 x attendees and a copy of ONE of the following books:

  • The education of children as a community project, Aldo Fortunati
  • San Miniato’s approach to children’s education, Aldo Fortunati
  • Toward a curriculum open to possibilities, Aldo Fortunati

Click here to book your place – before they all go!


Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event

Back by popular demand – our Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event!

Join us on the 24th October in Cefn Lea, Newtown for a day of exploration into the Foundation Phase Excellence Network & how Hwb can be used to promote and share ideas, attend inspiring workshops and Dawn Jones from University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be sharing information on how the #CurriculumforWales 2022 can be embedded into Early Years Education.

Booking details to shortly follow.


Members Forums


Please join us at The Westwood Early Years Centre in Buckley on Wednesday 25th September for an Early Years Wales catch-up and discussion evening which includes updates on Additional Learning Needs (ALN), the new Curriculum for Wales 2022, Quality for All (QfA), the Welsh Language, smalltalk… plus any other news from the childcare sector.

Contact Siobhan Chambers to book your place: | 01745 530111/07814 832652


…in case you missed it, here is a line up of all our members forums coming up for the remainder of 2019/early 2020:


Other Events

Booktrust – Early Years Practitioner Conference

Registration is now open for BookTrust Cymru’s Early Years Practitioner Conference!

Hear great speakers, attend inspiring workshops and share practical ideas for using books, stories and rhymes with children and families.

This year’s conference will focus on BookTrust’s vision of:

‘Every child reading for pleasure’

All delegates will also take away ten copies of each of the current Bookstart Baby and Early Years titles to use with children and families as part of their Bookstart Superboxes – forty books in total!


Earlybird registration is now live at:

North Wales Conference on 7th November in Holywell

South Wales Conference on 14th November in Bridgend


Information Sharing and Safeguarding

Welsh Government have published new guidance on Information Sharing and Safeguarding.

These guides are aimed at all front line practitioners and managers working with children (up to the age of 18 years), parents, carers and families who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case-by-case basis, where there are safeguarding concerns.

Links to these can be found here:


The Foundation Phase

The Foundation Phase: guide for parent and carers includes brief details of what children will be taught, how they will be assessed and how their progress will be measured and reported during their time in the Foundation Phase.

It also includes useful tips on how you can support your child to learn.

If you haven’t already, read this useful guide here.



Review of National Minimum Standards

The Review of the National Minimum Standards for Regulated Childcare Report – July 2019 is now available on the Welsh Government website.

Follow the link here to read the full report.


Comic Relief Community Fund

Comic Relief and Third Sector Support Wales (TSSW) recognise the great work that community led organisations do across Wales and want to help organisations to build their own capacity in a sustainable and impactful way.

There will be two types of grants available to help support community led organisations.

  • Small grants £1,000 – £10,000
  • Large grants (for organisational growth) £30,000 – £60,000

The application window  is open from 22 July 2019 and the closing date  is 31 October 2019. 

More information can be found here.


Playday 2019

This years Playday takes place on August 7th and the theme is Play Builds Children.

The 2019 Playday theme aims to highlight the many ways in which play is beneficial to children and young people.

Play Builds Friendships – playing allows children to interact with others, develop relationships, deal with conflict, and learn respect and tolerance.

Play Builds Resilience – playing boosts children’s confidence, creativity, problem-solving skills and perseverance, enabling them to cope with stress and challenges throughout life.

Play Builds Health and Well-being – being active through play helps children physically and emotionally, contributing to their health and happiness.

Play Builds Communities – playing allows children to learn about the world around them, make connections, and develop a sense of identity and belonging.

We would love to know if you are holding your own event in celebration of Playday 2019 or attending an organised event locally – feel free to tag us in your social media posts or email: with details of what you have planned.

If you’re in the Conwy area, pop along to see Siobhan & other members of the Early Years Wales North Wales team who will be kite building at the Eisteddfod.


…on the topic of Playday

Have a go at these 31 Play Ideas from Play Wales to keep you busy during the summer holidays & to get you ready for Playday 2019!


Are you a parent or carer looking for advice and guidance on how to achieve a balance between the time your children spend on screens and outdoor activities?

Here are some resources on screen time for you from Hwb:



We’ve got a great way to help kick-start summer in your setting! If you’re thinking about updating your outdoor equipment but are worried about the cost, using easyfundraising, the UK’s leading cashback fundraising website, is a simple solution to raising the funds you need.

Plus, if your register your setting with easyfundraising before August 18th, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to WIN a £100 to spend with Early Learning Centre!

Thousands of settings just like yours are already using easyfundraising. Kate Moyse from Bradworthy Pre-School said: “easyfundraising has helped us invest in our outdoor space. The children used to get frustrated when they could hear tractors, farm machinery, trucks and motorbikes going past, so we have put our recent easyfundraising donations towards having port holes in our fence!”

Join the easyfundraising community and start raising money for your setting –



Do you provide a service to the early years sector that you would like to promote?

Why not advertise* in smalltalk magazine? With a readership of over 50,000 childcare professionals & parents across Wales – we have a variety of options available from on-page advertising, to inserts of brochures and leaflets to sponsorship opportunities of our competition page.


Contact the Editor at or call: 029 2045 1242 to discuss our very competitive rates

*Early Years Wales reserves the right to refuse advertisements and any any acceptance does not constitute endorsement of the advertiser’s product by Early Years Wales.

Visit our website to read our latest smalltalk:


Job Vacancies

We are currently recruiting for an Operations Manager for our new and exciting Welsh Active Early Years Programme – funded through the Welsh Government’s Healthy and Active Fund.

This post will include overseeing the development and delivery of the project’s Active Together Wales Programmes and Play 2 Learn Plus Workshops.

For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.

Closing date: 31st July 2019.


Our members also have the following vacancies…

Nursery Nurse – Y Bont, Bridgend

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


The pictures taken from our Awards Celebration @ Ruthin Castle are now available on our website!


Have a peek through our gallery here:



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