Your early years news, features and guides round up: 1st – 15th November 2019

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


CIW Online & SASS

Childcare & Play Providers!

You should now have received your letter from Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) containing important information on using CIW Online to submit your Self Assessment of Service Statement (SASS).

CIW has recently announced that the SASS will OPEN on January 6th 2020, and will CLOSE on February 4th 2020. All childcare and play providers are required to complete a SASS, as this forms part of an annual data collection.

You may find this infographic from CIW useful – a step by step guide of what to expect and information where you can gain support.

Early Years Wales are also on hand to support members during this process. Contact details for all our regional offices can be located here.



All Wales Safeguarding Procedures 

The new All Wales Safeguarding Procedures are being launched this week to provide practitioners involved in safeguarding about how things are to be done.

The attached FAQ document provides more background information on the procedures and how to access them:

Wales Safeguarding Procedures Frequently Asked Questions



Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill.

The purpose of the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) Wales Bill is to help protect children’s rights; it builds on the Welsh Government’s commitment to children’s rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

If passed by the National Assembly for Wales and it becomes law, parents and other adults acting in a parental capacity will no longer be able to physically punish children in Wales.

Welsh Government have provided a useful video explaining what the bill is and what it aims to achieve – to help bring an end to the physical punishment of children in Wales. They have also uploaded some FAQ’s and two timelines. All can be found through the links below:



We Care Wales

Did you know there are a variety of careers available working with children? Help inspire the next generation to reach their full potential.

Wales will need thousands more people to work in caring roles with adults and children by 2030 if it is to keep pace with the growing demand for care services and provide support for communities across the country.

The WeCare campaign aims to show the variety of roles and career progression opportunities available. By using real care workers, the campaign focuses on the challenges they face, as well as what makes their work rewarding and worthwhile.

For more information about some of the roles available and to see examples of real people who work in Wales and those they support, visit This website will be updated frequently, with further details and useful information.



Early Years Wales Accident and Incident Book 

Introducing, our new and improved Accident and Incident Report Book! Our latest edition comes with more pages and is even better value!

  • Room to record 50 separate accidents and incidents on carbonless paper, enabling you to provide a parent or guardian with a copy.
  • Now only £7.50 (inc. p&p) for Early Years Wales members
  • Bilingual
  • A4 (21.0 x 29.7cm)
  • We’ve even added a handy page to remind you when you’re running low!

Head over to our online shop here to place your order.



Safer Internet Day 2020

On the 13 November 2019, a planning event was held at the Clayton Hotel in Cardiff on Safer Internet Day 2020. The event provided an overview of SID 2020 activities, how to get involved and how it could benefit schools, organisations and businesses. Safer Internet Day will be held next year on 11th February 2020.

Bilingual Safer Internet Day Education packs are now available on the Online Safety Zone on Hwb. These packs provide a range of resources for organisations to deliver sessions to children and young people across the age ranges. Hwb will also be launching a campaign kit, which organisations can use to support Safer Internet Day.

Keep an eye for updates here, or sign up to the Online Safety newsletter here.




Is your setting looking for an easy way to raise funds this Christmas? Over 185 Early Years Wales settings are using the UK’s leading fundraising website easyfundraising to get free cashback donations whenever their parents shop online.

It’s so easy, when anyone involved with your setting does their online shopping via the easyfundraising website or App with over 4000 retailers they will receive free donations for your setting.

Nia from Croco-doco-dile Playgroup said: “It’s a great way to raise funds – free and very easy to use. Our staff all use it, as well as parents and committee members. Seeing the money being paid into our account is very satisfying! We’ve used the money to buy resources for our playgroup. We recently bought new outdoor equipment for the children to enjoy.”

For your setting to start raising sign up here –  it’s completely free and it only takes 2 minutes!


…& as an added bonus this Christmas, easyfundraising and Lakeland are offering an opportunity for your setting to win a £50 donation & £25 Lakeland hamper!

To be in with a chance to win all you need to do is make sure your setting is registered and then get downloading the free app. For every person that downloads and logs in to the app before December 15th, your setting will get an entry in the draw!

The more supporters who download the more entries you will get. Get tools to help you spread the word to staff, parents & setting supporters here.



12 Days of Giving

Christmas tree 12 days of givingAre you a charity looking for extra funding?

Each weekday from 5 to 20 December, insurance firm Ecclesiastical will be giving 10 charities, £1,000. That’s £120,000 to 120 charities in 12 days!

Winners are drawn at random & the more times a charity is nominated online, the better chance they have of being selected!

Find out more and nominate your favourite cause here.


Early Years Wales Members Forum – Colwyn Bay



Free Physical Literacy Workshop (Saturday 30th November 2019) | Early Years Wales & Pacey Cymru



Early Years Wales are currently recruiting for a Professional Learning and Development Officer to be based in our Head Office in Cardiff!

This is a new post, and the post holder will support the relaunch of our training department and manage its development as a successful, vital service to the Early Years workforce in Wales.

Closing date: 26th November 2019

Visit our jobs page here to view the full job description/role outline & details on how to apply.




…& finally

Huge thank you to the team at Kind Snacks UK for stopping by our Head Office on Wednesday with free protein bars in support of #WorldKindnessDay2019!

The protein bars were a real treat!


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