Take a look here at some of the news & updates surrounding the sector that have caught our eye these past couple of weeks…
Have you provided your feedback yet on the Curriculum for Wales 2022 draft?
Whether you work in education, support its delivery or have an interest in it, it is recommended that you make yourself familiar with draft Curriculum for Wales 2022 guidance before you provide feedback.
Welsh Government welcome feedback from everyone about the guidance they’ve developed to make the new curriculum a reality.
Get started by clicking here.
Early Years Wales were proud to attend the launch of ‘Camau’, the new Learn Welsh Scheme by the National Centre for Learning Welsh this week at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay.
The scheme will help Early Years practitioners respond more effectively to the Welsh Government’s proposed new curriculum and Foundation Phase for three-to-seven year-olds. Welsh Language Development is one of the seven areas of learning identified in the Foundation Phase.
It’s expected that 350 practitioners will attend face-to-face Welsh language training over the next year with a further 1,000 following a language awareness course.
The scheme will contribute funding to employers to allow their workers to attend training courses to increase their Welsh language skills & will also support the Welsh Government’s policy aim to achieve a million Welsh speakers by 2050.
Click here for more info.
Believe it or not – half-term is the perfect time to help raise money for YOUR setting! Here’s how….
Using easyfundraising, the UK’s biggest charity shopping fundraising website, you can raise cashback for your setting when you book half-term activities, from holidays to cinema tickets!
1000’s of your favourite retailers and sites are waiting to give your setting cashback, including Booking.com, Expedia, Trainline, Groupon, Legoland, Cineworld & loads more!
This half-term, simply use the easyfundraising site to book and buy everything you normally would and you’ll help your setting raise BIG donations at the same time!
To register your setting, visit – https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/early-years-wales
It was the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week and ICYMI, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared some lovely photographs of their family as they visited the RHS – Royal Horticultural Society Back to Nature Garden at the show.
The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess of Cambridge and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature.
Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular.
Click here for more.
This month has been National Walking Month & our neighbours over at Ysgol Hamadryad in Cardiff made the local headlines last week on how they are transforming their pupils’ commute to school.
The schools’ ‘Walking Bus’ includes staff walking children to school from a public car park nearby & parents pay just £2.50 per term for a permit to use the car park and drop off children on their way to work.
Walking to school in this way helps limit the impact of traffic and fumes close to the school and can have great impact on children’s overall health and well-being.
Read the full article on the BBC website here.
Our other neighbours over at Mount Stuart Primary School in Cardiff will feature in the next issue of the Play for Wales magazine by Play Wales!
Debbie Dunkley, one of the teacher’s at the primary school, explains in the article how loose parts play lends itself well to child-led learning.
Playing with loose parts generally develops more skill and competence than most modern plastic toys as children need to use creativity and imagination to create their own worlds.
Preview of the article can be found on the Play Wales website here.
Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)
Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) are seeking your views on their Code of Practice for inspection of Child Minding, Day Care and Open Access Play Services.
The Code of Practice sets out how CIW will carry out inspections under the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010. CIW are keen to hear your views on whether their draft Code of Practice provides enough information and clarity.
Have your say on the CIW website here.
Consultation is open until 14 June 2019
Members – are you currently recruiting?
Don’t forget, we will advertise any vacancy you have on our website & social media pages for FREE – just one of the many benefits of being a member with us!
Visit our Jobs page here for more information & to download our free job ad template.
We have got some members forums taking place over the next couple of weeks which we would love for you attend! Our members forums are a great opportunity to ask us any questions and network with other members in your area.
Below is what we’ve got coming up…
- Members Forum – Cardigan (Tuesday 4th June 2019) | Fforwm Aelodau – Cardigan (Mawrth 4ed Mehefin 2019) – an evening of information and discussion on becoming an Autism Aware Early Years setting, part of the ASDinfoWales scheme.
Members Forum – Wenvoe (Tuesday 18th June 2019) | Fforwm Aelodau – Gwenfô (Mawrth 18ed Mehefin 2019) – an evening with Marie Price, Public Health Dietitian for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, who will be providing an insight into the new Food and Nutrition for Childcare Settings Best Practice Guidance.
Members Forum – Newport (Wednesday 3 July 2019) | Fforwm Aelodau – Casnewydd (Mercher 3 Gorffennaf 2019)– catch up and discussion evening which will include updates from CIW, Social Care Wales, Public Health Wales, Qualifications Wales and any other news happening in the childcare sector at the moment.
You can find more information on each event and booking details on our Events page here.
Huge congratulations to…
Abacus Day Nursery, Swansea and Seahorses Flying Start, Swansea
…who have successfully passed our Quality Assurance Scheme, Quality for All (QfA) over the past few months. We’re proud of your achievements.
If your would like to take part in QfA, please visit our website here to find out more.