Your early years news, features and guides round up: 14th – 27th July 2018

Summer Holidays are finally here for some of you and we hope you have been enjoying the break so far!

If the last few weeks leading up to the end of term has been a bit of a blur for you, take a look at what has been happening in the childcare sector recently…


BBC News

Concerns over chemicals in slime

Some children’s slime toys contain potentially unsafe levels of a chemical which can cause vomiting and impair fertility, according to the company Which?

Slime became one of 2017’s biggest crazes, with millions of people sharing pictures on Instagram and watching DIY slime-making videos on YouTube.

Which? is advising parents to “approach slime with caution” and said retailers and the government must do more.

For the full article, click here.

Plan to teach children First Aid

Draft legislation says primary school children in England will be taught basic first aid, such as dealing with head injuries and calling emergency services.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said he wanted to give young people “the tools they need to be ready to thrive when they leave school”

Secondary school children will also learn life-saving skills such as CPR and the purpose of defibrillators.

Click here for more.

More playgrounds with better facilities for disabled children in Wales

A mother from Wales has described the pain of watching children running around a park while her disabled son cannot join in.

Her son, Jacob, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and he is frustrated at the lack of parks with facilities for disabled children.

His specialist school in the Vale of Glamorgan will open its playground on Saturdays, but Disability Wales wants more inclusive play areas elsewhere, as they believe many children are missing out on their right to play.

For the full story, click here.

Warning over suntan lotion application

People are getting less than half the sun protection they expect from suntan lotions, according to research.

But the problem is not the sun-cream itself, but the way we are applying it.

Sunscreen needs to be applied thickly enough, which many of us fail to do and means our skin is not completely protected as it could be.

For more tips on how to apply sun-cream thoroughly, and what to do if you or your child gets sunburn, click here.



Top tips to save water

Although Dwr Cymru has not imposed a hose pipe ban quite yet due to the lack of rain in recent weeks, they are however encouraging customers to be more efficient with their water consumption.

Check out these useful tips from CBBC’s Newsround website. By making these little changes, could make a huge difference.




Congratulations to our members Sunbeams Playgroup in Gwernaffield – just by registering with our fundraising partner easyfundraising, they have won a fantastic £100 voucher to spend at Hobbycraft!

Through easyfundraising, staff and parents can raise money for your setting just by shopping online with over 3,300 well known retailers like Amazon, Argos and Sainsbury’s.

Lynne Pritchard of Sunbeams said, “We are very pleased to have won! We’d recommend easyfundraising to other settings, it’s a really good idea!”

Join Sunbeams and register your setting with easyfundraising – it’s such an easy way to raise free money for you setting:



Job Vacancies

St. Padarn’s Playgroup, Aberystwyth – Deputy Manager

Deputy/Assistant Nursery Manager – Seren Fach Nursery, Newport

Deputy Manager – Maldwyn Nursery & Family Centre, Newtown


If you are a Wales PPA member and would like to us to advertise your vacancy, please email us at with your job details.


…& finally

It’s the start of the summer holidays for some of you and hands up how many of you can relate to this video clip already?!

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