Your early years news, features and guides round up: 16th – 29th June 2018

We hope you are all enjoying the lovely sunshine we are having! What a great start to the summer – let’s hope it continues!

It is that time again, so here is our pick of the headlines affecting early years childcare in Wales from the past few weeks…


Sun Safety

While we are on the topic of the sunny sunshine, did you catch the video we shared recently on our Facebook page from BBC news? Let little Leo tell you more, as he explains the best way to keep babies safe in the hot weather – 

If you have any concerns about sun safety, a useful guide can be found here.




BBC News

Childcare Offer Update

It was announced earlier this month that the childcare offer will now be rolled out to more counties across Wales.

Pilot schemes are currently under way in the whole of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Caerphilly, Flintshire and Blaenau Gwent and parts of Swansea and Rhondda Cynon Taff.

From September, it will be available in parts of Cardiff, Newport, Neath Port Talbot, Conwy and Wrexham and across the whole of Torfaen and Ceredigion. It will also be extended to the whole of Rhondda Cynon Taff.

For the full article, click here.


‘Simple: Less Chips, More Greens’

The government is planning new rules to tackle childhood obesity by targeting supermarkets, junk food adverts and restaurant menus.

As part of this new initiative, the government want sale of sweets and fatty snacks to be banned at checkouts, shop entrances and in buy-one-get-one-free deals. They would also like fruit to be cheaper and is also considering the introduction of new rules on advertising unhealthy food to children on TV and online – which could include a pre-9pm ban.

Click here for more.


Healthy Eating in the Early Years

The Welsh Government has recently unveiled new guidance on food and nutrition as part of a range of initiatives to prevent obesity in Wales.

The new standards apply to the provision of meals, snacks and drinks and include accompanying menus and recipes. They are aimed at settings caring for children aged between one and 12, but also aim to increase parental awareness of what settings can offer children.

The full guidance can be found by clicking here.

or the full article from Nursery World can be accessed through this link.



Did you manage to get in on the action of #TakeYourDogToWorkDay last Friday?! We are not quite sure who makes up these special days… but we are all for this one!

Unfortunately, we found out about this a bit too late and our dogs decided to work from home on this day… however, in case you missed it on our social media pages, check out this blog here from BookTrust that focuses on how therapy dogs are helping children to enjoy reading!


Early Years Tennis Training

Thank you to all providers who attended the Early Years Tennis Training in the last couple of days in partnership with Tennis Wales and the Tennis Foundation – we hope you all enjoyed and found the sessions useful!

We would love to hear any comments you have about the sessions and any pictures you have using the equipment!

Share them with us by either emailing us at or you can share them with us on our social media pages below:





smalltalk’s Cosy Comp

We hope you are enjoying our Summer edition of smalltalk!

Have you entered our Cosy Comp yet?

We have yet again got another fantastic prize up for grabs. All you need to do is send us the name of your setting & telephone number to enter…you’ve got to be in it to win it!!

Send your entry to or you can now enter by contacting us through our social media pages.


Hurry – you only have until the 9th July before the competition closes!



Job Vacancies

Our members currently have the following vacancies within their setting:

Pitter Patter Day Nursery, Powys – One to One Support (Maternity Cover)

Pitter Patter Day Nursery, Powys – Assistant (Maternity Cover)

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

Calling all members!

Don’t forget, by being a member with us, you are entitled to 25% discount on all of our publications and our Quality for All scheme!

Log into your Wales PPA account here to access them…

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