Your early years news, features and guides round up: 15th – 28th June 2019

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



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Spotlight on… Marian Lloyd-Chambers

ICYMI – members Borthyn Bunnies were featured on Nursery World this week who recently won the ‘Early Years Practitioner of the Year’ award at our first ever Early Years Wales Awards back in May.

In the article, Marian discusses her time spent at the event in Ruthin Castle and how her recent change in job role has affected her for the better.

Read more about this here.



Welsh Government extra funding to support delivery of the Childcare Offer

Deputy Health and Social Services Minister Julie Morgan has announced an additional capital funding package of £7.7 million to help ensure parents throughout Wales can access the Childcare Offer.

Early Years Wales welcomes this announcement. The capital funding will provide more opportunities for providers across the sector to make structural improvements and building adaptations that will improve and expand their provision so that children can experience high quality play and learning opportunities whilst parents are working or training.

We are pleased that some of our member settings will benefit from this funding.

For more information on the announcement, please click here.



Introducing… Sarah Wiggin!

Sarah will be working as the Foundation Phase Development Officer for Early Years Wales while Kelcie Stacey is on maternity leave.

The Foundation Phase Development Officer role is funded by Welsh Government to identify and share good practice with Foundation Phase nursery providers. This supports the development of consistently good and effective practice across all settings.

Sarah is also currently working with members on the consultation for the Draft Curriculum for Wales and would like to hear your views.

For more info on the Foundation Phase and how Early Years Wales supports our members, visit the Foundation Phase section on our website here.



Draft Curriculum for Wales

Don’t forget, consultation closes to provide feedback for the Draft Curriculum for Wales on 19th July 2019.

This is your chance to get to know the curriculum & make your contribution.

Explore more about the draft Curriculum for Wales by clicking here.

Children & young people of Wales…

Welsh Government are keen to hear your views on the draft Curriculum for Wales. This is your chance to have your say!

Click here to complete the survey.



Caring in Welsh award – Social Care Wales

Nominations are now open for a new award to recognise and celebrate care workers who’ve made a difference to people’s lives by providing care and support in Welsh.

The Caring in Welsh award is open to any paid care workers who work in social care or early years and childcare in Wales, and who provide excellent care through the medium of Welsh.

Social Care Wales is inviting members of the public, employers and those working in care to nominate a care worker.

Anyone interested in nominating a care worker will need to complete a nomination form, letting Social Care Wales know in no more than 250 words why the worker deserves to be recognised and the difference they have made to the life or lives of the person or people they support.

For more information and to download a nomination form, please click here.



 National Refill Day 

It was #NationalRefillDay on June 19th in association with Refill.

National Refill Day is an awareness campaign to get the UK public to stop bottling it when it comes to our drinking water.

Many pubs, restaurants, cafes have signed up as refill stations, where they offer free tap water to refill drink containers. Download the Refill app to find your closest station.




WIN £100 to spend with Early Learning Centre!

Fancy winning a £100 to spend with Early Learning Centre? To be in with a chance, simply register your setting with easyfundraising before August 18th and you’ll go into the prize draw!

easyfundraising really is a simple way to raise cash. Ask staff, parents and supporters to use the easyfundraising site to shop online with over 3,600 sites such as M&S, Sainsburys, Amazon, John Lewis & Partners & trainline – every time they make a purchase, the retailer sends a ‘thank you’ donation back to your setting!

So, why not join over 2000 settings just like yours, already using easyfundraising to help supplement their existing income?

To register for free, visit:



Children’s speech therapy: Call for wider support in Wales

Speech and language support should be more widely available for children in Wales, according to therapists.

One in 10 children in Wales can struggle with speaking, according to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

It said a programme for children under four should be “rolled out further” than targeted areas.

The Welsh Government said it was working on a new approach to early language development.

To read the full article, visit the BBC news website here.



Social Care Wales – Introduction to New Childcare Qualifications Workshops

Don’t forget to book your place onto the ‘Introduction to New Childcare Qualifications & your role in supporting these’ workshops taking place across Wales between June 26th – July 4th with Social Care Wales.

Aim of these half day events are to:

-Update managers on new qualifications, subject areas and levels

-Update Managers on the new assessment protocols

-The managers role in relation to the assessment process

-Provide opportunity to Network and share good practice

Find your nearest workshop here.



Members Forums

Early Years Wales are holding the following Members Events…

Members Forum – Newport (Wednesday 3rd July 2019)



Members Forum – Bridgend (Thursday 11th July 2019)



Save the Dates – upcoming Members Events just announced!

Pencil us in members…

Our schedule of upcoming Early Years Wales members forums for 2019 & early 2020 are now available on our website!

Early Years Wales members forums are the perfect opportunity for you to become part of a like minded network – we hold 22 forums a year, with the content varying in each one. You get to have your say, meet other members, Early Years Wales staff, trustees, stakeholders and guest speakers!

Find the full schedule here.




Early Years Wales are recruiting for the following vacancies…

Receptionist/Administrator – Early Years Wales Head Office, Cardiff

Purpose of the role:

To provide a professional, friendly, efficient and effective ‘front of house’ service at Head Office and an efficient and accurate administrative support service to all national and regional staff.

Read the full job description for this role here: Job Description

Closing date: 5th July 2019



Freelance Quality for All Assessors – North Wales

Purpose of the role:

To assess childcare providers on their high-quality standards, enabling them to achieve Early Years Wales quality assurance scheme, Quality for All, (QfA).

Read the full job description for this role here: Job Description

Closing date: 1st July 2019



Members Vacancies

These Early Years Wales members have the following job vacancies…

Play Leader – Dylan’s Den Playgroup/Wraparound at Dragon Tots, RCT – Closing date: 1st July 2019

Playgroup Assistant – Little Red Berries, Torfaen – Closing date: 1st July 2019


Are you recruiting in your setting? 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

It was #BringYourDogToWorkDay last week and we had a very special visitor visit us in Head Office.

Wogan was extremely helpful answering calls & greeting visitors… so much so, we are extremely tempted to consider him for our Receptionist/Administrator vacancy we currently have!

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