Your early years news, features and guides round up: 20th – 2nd 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…


LEGO’s Big Cats

Did you get a chance to come down to Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay this half term to check out the amazing Big Cats all made out of LEGO pieces?

If you didn’t make it, check out all the pictures of the incredible sculptures on Mermaid Quay’s Facebook page here.



Business Wales Childcare Grant

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.

For more information how this works and for further contact details, please click here.



Cwlwm Progress Report

ICYMI – The Cwlwm partnership has recently published its latest grant report.


The Cwlwm partnership consists of the 5 leading childcare organisations in Wales:

  • Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs
  • Mudiad Meithrin
  • National Day Nurseries Association Cymru (NDNA Cymru)
  • Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY Cymru)
  • Wales Pre-School Providers Association (Wales PPA)

Cwlwm supports the Welsh Government to ensure that families across Wales can access affordable, quality childcare providing innovative solutions to create flexible childcare and play opportunities to meet the needs of parents and their families.

To access the full report, please visit the Cwlwm website here.



The Childcare Offer for Wales – Autumn Information Exchanges

Welsh Government invites you to join one of the Autumn Regional Information Exchanges.

Attending these sessions, will give you the opportunity to:

-receive updates on the implementation and roll out of the Childcare Offer

-join a discussion on the top 10 implementation challenges

-receive updates on the lessons learnt from early implementation to date

-engage in a Q&A session

For more information and to book your session, please visit our webpage here.


Social Care Wales: Early Years & Childcare Management Forum

Social Care Wales will be holding its first early years and childcare Manager Forum this year, working in partnership with Cardiff Workforce Development and Accredited Centre.

The forum will be a great opportunity for managers to meet with other managers in their region – to share experiences, learn from each other and hear what is happening at both regional and national levels.

The forum will take place on the evening of Wednesday 14th November 2018 and will be held at: The Lecture Theatre, Eastmoors Road, Splott, Cardiff, CF24 5RR.

All booking details can be found on our website here.


Early Years Wales Members Forum – Powys

Early Years Wales (formerly known as Wales PPA) are holding a Members Forum on Monday 12th November in Newtown, Powys that will involve discussions regarding the 30 hour childcare offer and the ALN Bill.

These members forums are a great opportunity for members to ask us any questions & network with other members!

For full booking details, please click here.


All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years & Childcare Workshop

There will be an information workshop being held on Thursday 8 November 2018 (10.00am – 11.00am) at Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest.

The Guest Speaker attending will be Sandie Grieve, Sector Engagement & Development Lead Officer.

To book your place onto this workshop, please click here.



Quality for All (QfA)

Huge congratulations to all settings that have completed our Quality for All scheme recently. We are proud of your achievements.

Did you know we have recently updated our Quality for All scheme? For all the info, visit our new Quality for All webpage here.

…and while we are on the subject of Quality for All, we would just like to take this opportunity to congratulate Osborne Lodge Nursery on making the press this week, who have achieved the Quality for All award of Highly Commended for the last four years running, while achieving many other incredible awards!

Read more about this here.


Job Vacancies 

BookTrust Cymru are currently recruiting for two roles within their organisation:

Early Years Engagement Manger (FT, Permanent)

The Early Years Engagement Manager is responsible for the successful delivery of a range of BookTrust Cymru’s Early Years activities, which aim to get every child reading for pleasure from an early age.

In particular, the role includes working closely with Libraries and Health Visitors to ensure that the Bookstart/ Dechrau Da programme continues to be delivered to a high standard in Wales.

BookTrust Cymru coordinator (FT, Fixed Term until 31/12/19)

This particular role will include providing support for the Letterbox Club programme in Wales. The Letterbox Club supports children who are looked after to enjoy books and reading and has been running in Wales for almost ten years.

We are also looking for someone who can contribute to other key areas of our work. In particular, we’re looking for someone who can support our communications work to help us get our messages to families and partners. This could include coordinating our social media, developing website content and writing newsletters.

We’re looking for someone with experience of working on projects or programmes with external partners, who is an excellent communicator and who is enthusiastic, committed and willing to learn and develop.

The closing date for both of these vacancies is Sunday 4th November. For more information on these posts and further details on how to apply, please visit the BookTrust website here.


Our members also have the following vacancies within their setting…

Level 3 Supervisor – Clwb Bwthyn Bach, Caerwys, Flintshire

If you are a Wales PPA member and would like to us to advertise your vacancy, please email us at with your job details.



…& finally

What have you been up to lately?

We are looking for news from our members for future issues of our quarterly magazine smalltalk!

If you would like to share this with us and other members, please email the editor with all your goss!



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