Your early years news, features and guides round up: 17th – 30th November 2018

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


The new Food and Nutrition Guidelines for settings

On the 29th November 2018, the Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies launched new guidance to help childcare settings support young children to eat well and learn about the food they eat. This builds on current good practice across the sector.

By encouraging good eating habits and children trying a variety of nutritious foods, can help to establish life long eating habits. Children will often try new foods when in a social setting with their peers.

The guidance forms part of range of Welsh Government initiatives that will contribute to supporting positive dietary change through the early years and ensuring children reach and maintain a healthy weight as they grow and develop.

For the full press release and to download recipes and best practice guidelines, visit our News page by clicking here.


Childcare Workers Understanding of the Play Cycle

Dr Pete King from Swansea University and Dr Shelly Newstead from UCL are conducting a follow up study to find out childcare workers’ understanding of the Play Cycle (Sturrock & Else, 1998).

As part of the study, you will be asked to complete an online survey that should take between 6 and 10 minutes to complete. This study is open to anybody who is currently involved in childcare.

Please follow the link here to take part.


Qualifications in Wales

It has been announced recently that the reformed GCSE in Health and Social Care, and Childcare has been approved by Qualifications Wales.

City and Guilds & WJEC will be offering a range of online, and face-to-face events at locations all over Wales, to support teachers, trainers and assessors in the delivery and review of their new suite of Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications.

Follow the link here to subscribe to updates on this.


Business Wales

Have you applied for your Business Wales Childcare Grant yet?

Business Wales are offering childcare providers in Wales the opportunity to apply for a Childcare Grant. The purpose of the grant is to encourage the creation of new childcare places and new places for children with additional or special needs in Wales to support the Welsh Government’s 30 Hour Childcare Offer.

To find out how it works and to download the guidance notes and application form, please visit our News page here.



Learn Welsh Level Checker

Do you work with children in Wales?

Find out your current Welsh skill level with the Welsh Language Level Checker, which helps you discover your level of Welsh language competency in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

A useful tool for anyone working within an Early Years, Childcare or Play setting.

Follow the link here to register.


Foundation Phase

Are you currently preparing for your inspection?

We have various Foundation Phase pages on our website that are jam packed with useful resources to help you feel prepared.

However, if you think we are missing any useful or important resources, please share these with us by emailing



Beat Flu

Has your child had their nasal spray flu vaccine yet?

The Beat Flu team are urging parents to make an appointment for their child to receive their nasal spray flu vaccine.

Beat Flu is a public health campaign in Wales run by Public Health Wales, and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of annual flu vaccination.

To check whether your child is eligible, visit the NHS website here.




WIN a £100 Argos voucher for your setting with easyfundraising!

Remember, you could still be in with a chance of winning a £100 Argos voucher for your setting, if signed up to easyfundraising!

Just ask parents, staff & setting supporters to help you raise as many free donations as possible through easyfundraising with over 3,300 online retailers such Argos, Amazon, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis & eBay. If you’re the biggest raiser between November 5th & December 16th, your setting will WIN a £100 Argos voucher, easy!

You  must be registered with easyfundraising to be in with a chance, but it only takes a few minutes to sign-up! To start raising free donations for your setting & to be in with a chance of winning a £100 Argos voucher, join the easyfundraising community & start your fundraising journey. Click the button below to register your setting.




Job Vacancies

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 for you.


…& finally

ICYMI on our Facebook page this week, we shared these important top tips for keeping children safe around every-day hot objects and the potential dangers you need to be aware of:























(Shared from Powys Health Visiting Service Facebook page)

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