Your early years news, features and guides round up: 20th April – 17th May 2019

With two Early Years round up’s for the price of one on this occasion, we have got A LOT to update you on with what has been happening in both Early Years Wales and the sector at the moment.

So here is just a summary of what you may have missed…



On 30th April, Kirsty Williams Minister for Education published the draft curriculum for Wales 2022 on Hwb – the enhanced channel for teaching and learning in Wales.

The four purposes of the new curriculum, as set out in Successful Futures, have guided the whole design and development of Curriculum for Wales 2022. They are the starting point for all decisions in respect of Curriculum for Wales 2022 and school-level curricula should be designed and guided by these same four purposes.

‘Curriculum’ includes all the learning experiences and assessment activities planned in pursuit of the four purposes of the curriculum, which are to develop children and young people as:

  • ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
  • enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
  • ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
  • healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.


Curriculum for Wales 2022 is designed to help all learners realise these four purposes, and learning will be organised around six areas of learning and experience:

-Expressive Arts

-Health and Well-being


-Languages, Literacy and Communication

-Mathematics and Numeracy

-Science and Technology.

Each of the areas of learning and experience has been designed to support learners to realise the four purposes of the curriculum, and provides the starting point and aspiration when developing a school-level curriculum.

Assessment will continue and will include progression steps at five points on the continuum of learning, relating broadly to expectations at ages 5, 8, 11, 14 and 16. The pace at which they progress along the continuum may differ – allowing for a variety of diversion, repetition and reflection as a learner’s thinking develops over time to new levels of sophistication.

Consultation is now open for the draft curriculum and can be completed on Hwb here. Consultation closes on 19th July 2019.



…& in case you missed Kelcie’s recent Foundation Phase: Talking Point article in our Spring 2019 smalltalk

Download and read this here to find out more about how the curriculum is changing and why.

Don’t forget members, you can download copies of smalltalk going back to 2012 for FREE!

Have a look at the back collection here.

Early Years Wales Awards 2019

The very first Early Years Wales Members Awards took place on Wednesday 8th May, in the spectacular setting of Ruthin Castle Hotel & Spa in Denbighshire. Approximately 70 guests, including finalists, members and representatives from the sector in Wales attended the event.

On behalf of Early Years Wales, we would like to congratulate all our finalists and say a huge thank you to all that entered and were nominated. The judging panel found the standard to be exceptionally high and therefore the final decisions very difficult to make. You should all be very proud. You have proved, what we all know to be true… that our members set the bar when it comes to improving the lives of young children in Wales and in supporting their families.

Keep an eye out over the coming days & weeks for more in-depth reports and the official photographs taken by Life Out There photography.

All winners and highly commended finalists from the awards can be found on our news page here.


Playday 2019

The theme has been announced for the 2019 Playday and it is ‘Play Builds Children

Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August & this year will be celebrated on Wednesday 7 August. 

On Playday, thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK.

From small-scale community events to thousands of children taking part in events organised in parks and open spaces  – Playday is celebrated by each community in a way that suits them.

For more information on this years theme, visit the Playday website here.



This week has been #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek & Hwb has added resources to the Online Safety Zone, including a guide for parents & carers and playlists on the potential impact of the internet on children’s well-being. Find a link to these below:

Guide for parents & carers


The ‘roadmap’ of online safety resources and events for the forthcoming year is also now available on the Online Safety Zone on Hwb. Take a look at this here.


Play Wales

New info sheet is now available on ‘Creativity and tool use in play settings’ from Play Wales, which includes some useful tips for those working with tools.

Read this info sheet here written by Ben Tawil from

…while on the subject of tool use in play settings

Did you see the amazing car creations Early Years Wales Members Sunray Day Care Nursery in Flintshire have been working hard on in the Easter Holidays?

They recently won our Winter 2018 smalltalk competition and have been making very good use of their woodworking starter kit!

Check out the photos on our Facebook page here.

…& if you have recently entered our Spring 2019 smalltalk competition, we will be contacting our winner very shortly – so watch this space!


Receive more CASH for your setting

Is your setting using easyfundraising yet? Well, there’s never been a better time to register – Double Donation Week is BACK! Keep reading to find out more…

How does easyfundraising work?

It’s simple. As a free fundraising cashback website, your staff and supporters can use easyfundraising every time they want to shop online with over 3,600 websites from Amazon to ASOS. Every time a supporter makes a purchase, your setting receives cashback – easy!

Double donation week!

Until May 19th, select retailers are DOUBLING their donations! Staff and parents can raise twice as much cash as normal for your setting when they shop online via easyfundraising with sites like Littlewoods, Argos, M&S, Lakeland, Travelodge, Curry’s PC world & Lego!

Don’t miss out, register your setting here.



Early Years Wales Members Forum – Cardigan (Tuesday 4th June 2019) 


Please join us at the Canolfan Enfys Teifi on Napier Street, Cardigan on Tuesday 4th June for an evening of information and discussion around becoming an Autism Aware Early Years setting, part of the ASDinfoWales scheme.

To book your place, please call Donna Thomas on 01792 781108 / 07557 439065 or you can email her at


Launch of Early Years Education and Childcare Learn Welsh Scheme

Join the National Centre for Learning Welsh on the launch of their new Welsh scheme for early years education and childcare practitioners, which will offer tailored Welsh Language training for the sector including an online course & face to face courses.

Invite to launch below:

More information, please visit:


Our members currently have the following vacancies in their setting…

Manager – Bluebells Playgroup, Chepstow

Support Assistant – Conwy Pre-school Support Scheme, Conwy

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.


Quality for All (QfA)

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 click here for further information.


…& finally


A huge congratulations from Early Years Wales to the Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their son – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on Monday 6th May!


Royal baby: Congratulations pour in for Meghan and Harry

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