Your early years news, features and guides round up: 19th October – 1st November 2019

Happy Half Term to you all! The nights are now officially drawing in and it is really starting to feel like Autumn now.

So cosy up, & catch up on what’s been happening in the early years and childcare sector these past couple of weeks…


Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event

Big thank you to all those that attended our Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event in Cefn Lea, Powys on the 24th October!

The focus of the day was outdoor learning.

Everyone enjoyed the presentation by Dawn Jones from UWTSD and the workshop she provided, which included creating Bug Hotels – all of which are now settling into their new homes across Powys! The materials that were given to practitioners encouraged all to think outside the box, and understand that these materials provided to children can lead to discussion and problem solving.

The other workshop was led by Karen Clarke from Natural Resources Wales. Great fun and learning took place as participants searched for pipe cleaner caterpillars and learnt how to use a very small outdoor area to give children a rich playful and learning experience.

Comments on the day included:

“Such a fantastic day. Fab engaging presentation and lovely hands on activities to take away”

“One of the most interactive and informative training days, Lots of hands on activities to take into settings and to give students ideas for placement activities. Excellent guest speakers who made each session fun!!”

The next Foundation Phase Network event is in Denbighshire on the 13th February where the workshops and guest speaker will be led by Art Council for Wales. Keep an eye on our website & social media for future updates.



Curriculum for Wales

Feedback is now available on the draft Curriculum for Wales.

Responses were received from a broad range of stakeholders with an interest in education, including practitioners, school leaders, parents, special interest groups, and public sector organisations. Alongside the contributions received through participation in workshops and
focus groups, the Welsh Government received 1,680 contributions online and via email.

Read the full Feedback Analysis Report on the Welsh Government website here.



Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS)

Now that we have made it to November, many of you will shortly be receiving a letter from Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) with important information about CIW Online. This letter requires you to take action to activate an online account.

You must do this whether you have previously created an online account or not.

Your online account will make it much easier for you to work with CIW, providing one simple and effective way to submit information about any changes to your service.

Please look out for your letter and take action within the set timescales to follow the instructions and activate your account.

This is in preparation for early 2020, when childcare and play providers will be required, by CIW to submit a Self-Assessment of Service Statement (SASS) online. The SASS enables CIW to gather and update the information they hold on childcare and play services. In addition to the SASS, providers will also be required to submit a Quality of Care review, describing their own assessment of the quality of care provided and how they monitor their own performance.

Early Years Wales will provide further information and an update on this in coming weeks.



Childcare Offer for Wales

Have you seen the latest advert for the Childcare Offer for Wales yet?

It involves asking Welsh toddlers what they would do with a bit of extra money saved from the offer… & the responses were surprising!

Take a look at this here, along with some helpful Q&A’s on the Childcare Offer for Wales which you may consider useful.



Childcare Qualifications 

In case you missed it…

Welsh Government have announced new childcare apprenticeships to help people progress for success.

People working between 10 and 16 hours within the Childcare and Play sector who want to progress their career are being encouraged to apply for funding for apprenticeship qualifications through the Progress for Success (PFS) programme.

Progress for Success is a Welsh Government and European Social Fund programme which funds existing early years, childcare and play practitioners to undertake recognised childcare and play qualifications. The aim of the programme is to raise the quality of provision offered to our youngest children in Wales by increasing and broadening the skills levels held by the existing workforce.

For more information on the Progress for Success programme, click here.



Play Wales – Project Play

Struggling for ideas on what to do this half term? Why not take part in Play Wales’ #ProjectPlay!

Project Play aims to get families away from screens & revisit playing outdoors and games of the past.

The Autumn and Winter months are a perfect time to get out and explore with children. There’s so much fun to be had, be it playing conkers, splashing in puddles, building a den or going on a scavenger hunt.

Visit the Playful Childhoods website here for tips on how you can get involved!



Early Years Wales’ Policies and Procedures 


Please be advised that Early Years Wales will be reviewing our Policies and Procedures, once CIW requirements have become clear following the National Minimum Standards review earlier on this year.

If you have concerns regarding your safeguarding policy, please see links to the NSPCC safeguarding information and procedure guidance on our Central Support section of our website here.





Free Play to Learn Workshop introducing… Active Baby and You – Physical Literacy for 0-3 year olds

Early Years Wales and Pacey Cymru will be delivering a FREE Play to Learn Workshop with the new Active Baby and You – Physical Literacy for 0-3 year olds on Saturday 30th November at Newport YMCA.

Play to Learn highlights the importance of physical literacy, preparing to help children learn through play and physical activity through a series of practical workshops.

This training approach will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to cascade activities and health and well-being messages to the children in your care. It will also provide information to support parents through 4-week multi-skills play based approach.

For more information and to request a booking form, email:




The Camau project offers free Welsh language courses at various levels for staff working in childcare, early years & play sectors across Wales.

More Camau Welsh courses have recently been released across both North & South Wales!

For the full list of available courses, visit our Camau webpage here.



Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications

City & Guilds/WJEC are hosting a range of free network events running from Nov – Dec 2019 across Wales.

These are aimed at teachers, trainers & assessors to help teach, deliver, assess & prepare candidates for the new Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications.

Follow link here for more information and details on how you can book your place.




Our members currently have the following vacancies…

Supply Playgroup Assistant – Penmorfa Playmates, Denbighshire

Playgroup Assistant – Tiny Tots Playgroup, Cardiff


Are you currently recruiting within your setting?

Don’t forget, we will advertise your job vacancy on our website and social media pages for free… just one of the many benefits of being an Early Years Wales member!

Email your job details to and we will take care of the rest.


…& finally

Congratulations to all settings that have successfully passed our Quality Assurance Scheme, Quality for All (QfA) over the past few months.

We’re proud of your achievements!


…not yet signed up to QfA? There are many benefits in taking part for you and your setting:

-Childcare providers can promote their QfA award to families, CIW, Estyn and Flying Start

-QfA helps childcare providers to think about and demonstrate how they plan and improve their service

-The assessor may make recommendations that can help you improve your service

-Discounted rates are available for members.

Visit our website here for more information.

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