Your early years news, features and guides round up: 15th December 2018 – 11th January 2019

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to you all on behalf of us all at Early Years Wales – we hope you enjoyed the break!

Here is what you might of missed over the last couple of weeks…



Welsh Government and Cwlwm wish to gather the views of childcare and play providers on the introduction of National Minimum Standards.

By completing a short online questionnaire, you can help to improve the support we provide to the sector and inform future policy decisions.

To complete the survey, please follow the link to the Cwlwm website here

If you have any questions, the Welsh Government’s Talk Childcare team or Cwlwm would be happy to help. Email or alternatively contact Cwlwm on 01970 639639.


Draft Additional Needs Code

An easy read version and a children and young people’s version of the consultation on the draft ALN Code and proposed regulations is available online.

The additional learning needs (ALN) statutory framework replaces legislation on special education needs and the assessment of children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in post-16 education and training.

The new legislative framework will help improve the planning and delivery of #ALNWales. To get it right, and ensure it delivers the outcomes we want for all learners with ALN, Welsh Government need to hear your views.

For more information, please click here.


BBC News

Down’s syndrome no bar to bilingualism, study suggests

Raising children with Down’s syndrome bilingually does not put them at a disadvantage, despite concerns it leads to language delays, a study says.

The small-scale research by Bangor University compared the development of children with Down’s syndrome who speak Welsh and English and those living in English-only homes.

Its initial conclusions suggested their English skills were at a similar level.

Follow the link here for the full article.


Worry less about children’s screen use, parents told

There is little evidence screen use for children is harmful in itself, guidance from leading paediatricians says.

Parents should worry less as long as they have gone through a checklist on the effect of screen time on their child, it says.

While the guidance avoids setting screen time limits, it recommends not using them in the hour before bedtime.

Experts say it is important that the use of devices does not replace sleep, exercising and time with family.

Find the full article here.



Get out your diaries, these events are ones you are not going to want to miss!

We will be holding several Foundation Phase Excellence Network Events in February across Wales, as well as a Members Event in Llanelli on the 21st February that we would love you to join us for!

Please find our full Save the Dates for these events on our Events webpage here.

Invites will be sent out shortly to enable you to register your space. We look forward to seeing you there!



Congratulations to Bradley Playgroup for winning the #FundraisingGoals competition with easyfundraising, you were the highest raising unit and have won a £100 Argos voucher!

Lead Supervisor, Alex Newland said:

“Wow, we’re thrilled to have won! We think easyfundraising is everything it suggests….EASY! We are continuously promoting the scheme to both parents and the community around the playgroup area.

We have a Facebook page which is viewed by hundreds of people & we promote easyfundraising through this page and encourage people to take part.

We have tried many ways to raise funds over the years & easyfundraising is the best yet. Groups can earn money without any effort at all!”



It’s a brand new year, so why don’t you kick it off the easyfundraising way!?

Every time parents & staff use the site to shop online with over 3,500 sites such as Amazon, ASOS, eBay, John Lewis, M&S &, the retailer sends your setting a FREE donation.

Join hundreds of settings just like yours who have already raised over £800,000 with easyfundraising! Plus, what’s great is that it doesn’t cost you or anyone else anything extra to shop this way!

With January & February peak times for holiday bookings, why not ask parents & staff to use the easyfundraising site to book their getaways with any of the 250 travel operators, such as, TUI, Virgin Holidays & Expedia. When they do, you’ll be off to a ‘flying’ start with even bigger donations raised!

Plus, register your setting with easyfundraising & you can enter the easyfundraising Getaway Giveaway Competition for a chance to WIN £500!

Register your setting with easyfundraising today by clicking here:


Job Vacancies

Our members currently have the following vacancies within their settings…

Childcare Centre Manager – Tiddlywinks, Neath Port Talbot

Family Support Worker – Borth Family Centre, Ceredigion


Members! Don’t forget we will post your job vacancy on our website and social media pages for FREE! Just email over your job advert or use our template here and we will take care of the rest!


…& finally

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