Your early years news, features and guides round up: 1st – 14th June 2019

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


Early Years Wales awarded Healthy & Active Funding

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded Healthy & Active Funding from Sport Wales to deliver the Welsh Active for Early Years programme in partnership with Welsh Gymnastics.

Early Years Wales were one of the 17 successful projects across Wales who were awarded the funding.

The Welsh Active for Early Years programme will be a 4-week multi-skills movement and play based bilingual activity programme and will be delivered directly to children and parents/carers at community-based venues and outdoor spaces in 12 communities. The project is for children and adults to start enjoying playing actively enabling them to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle instead of seeing it as a challenge or a chore.

Very exciting times ahead for us all here at Early Years Wales and we look forward to sharing with you the development of this programme.

More information here.


Keep up to date with the Welsh Active for Early Years programme through the following networks…








Your Summer 2019 smalltalk will be shortly with you members & in this issue, we are delighted to announce the winners and highly commended finalists of the 2019 Early Years Wales Awards!

PLUS – a chance to win a £100 Early Learning Centre voucher with easyfundraising… but more on that shortly.

Don’t forget, members have access to back copies of our smalltalk magazine and can download these for FREE!

Explore our collection of smalltalk‘s here.



Wales unveils experience-rich curriculum – Nursery World

The Foundation Phase in Wales is to be replaced with the new curriculum for children aged three to 16, which will make learning more experience-based.

The draft curriculum is currently out for consultation until next month (July) and will apply to schools and funded non-maintained settings.

The principles of the Foundation Phase, including a commitment to play, will remain in place.

For the full article & Early Years Wales response to this, click here.



Win £100 to spend at Early Learning Centre!

With funding an ever-increasing challenge, Early Years Wales are now working in partnership with easyfundraising, the UK’s leading online shopping cashback site.

It’s simple, you can raise money for your setting when your staff & parents use the easyfundraising website to shop online with over 3,600 sites such as, Amazon, Argos, trainline, M&S and Hobbycraft. Every time they shop, your setting receives cashback!

PLUS, register your setting with easyfundraising before August 18th & you’ll be entered into a prize draw to WIN £100 to spend with Early Learning Centre!

Join over 70 Early Years Wales settings already using the easyfundraising site to raise money!

Sign up here:


Learning Wales

In case you missed it…

Welsh Government will be closing The Learning Wales website on the 20th June 2019, to reduce the number of websites you need to visit in order to find Welsh Government education information.

Learning Wales information will still be available on Hwb or GOV.WALES.

Read here for more.


Hwb has advised to take extra care if you receive an e-mail requesting personal information.

Do not enter your Hwb login details if you are sent a link to a page like the one below:



This week has been #InfantMentalHealthWeek (10th-14th June)

Each day this week, The Association for Infant Mental Health UK (AIMH) have published on their website relevant articles linked to this years theme #DifficultBeginnings – starting from pregnancy to the first few months of parenthood.

Catch up on these articles here.



Did you take part in #OutdoorClassroomDay on the 23rd May?

The organisers are keen to hear about your experiences! They especially want to know who has increased playtime since getting involved and why.

Complete their short survey here.


Quality for All (QfA)

Huge congratulations to…

Henllys Village Nursery, Torfaen; Maendy First Steps Playgroup, Torfaen; Golden Manor Nursery, Pembrokeshire; Woodville Road Playgroup, Cardiff; Sunflower Tots, Newport; Childsplay, Carmarthenshire

…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 for further information.



Early Years Wales are holding the following Members Events:

Members Forum – Wenvoe (Tuesday 18th June 2019)

Members Forum – Newport (Wednesday 3 July 2019)

Introduction to New Childcare Qualifications Workshops with Social Care Wales (June 26th – July 4th)

Social Care Wales would like to invite you to their upcoming workshops on The Introduction to New Childcare Qualifications & your role in supporting these.

These workshops will run across Wales & morning, afternoon & evening sessions are available to attend.

Aim of these half day events are to:

-Update managers on new qualifications, subject areas and levels

-Update Managers on the new assessment protocols

-The managers role in relation to the assessment process

-Provide opportunity to Network and share good practice

Click here for more information and details on how to book your place.


Our members have the following vacancies within their setting…

Apprentice Opportunities – Abacus Day Nursery, Swansea


Are you currently recruiting within your setting?

Don’t forget, you can advertise your vacancy on our website and social media pages for FREE – just one of the many benefits of being an Early Years Wales member!

Download our job advert template here.


…& finally

Have you heard of the Block Bus?

The Block Bus, a mobile learning unit, founded by Amy Eleftheriades, provides communication therapy to children in rural communities.

The organisation which runs the Block Bus, Alpha Inclusion, uses Lego therapy and building blocks to help children between the ages of 5 & 16 improve their social communication, interaction and personal effectiveness.

Click here for an insight into a day with the Block Bus.

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