Your early years news, features and guides round up: 22nd – 5th October 2018

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



The ICO have issued guidance on the processing and application of children’s data.

Visit our GDPR webpage for more information & access to useful links here.



Hit your #FundraisingGoals with easyfundraising! It’s so easy, when parents and staff shop online in support of your setting, with over 3,300 online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Tesco & JUSTEAT, they raise FREE funds to help fund extra-curricular activities, & educational additions for your setting.

PLUS, you could STILL WIN a £50 bonus donation for your setting. To enter, simply register OR raise a donation before the 12th October! That’s a big fundraising BOOST you don’t want to miss.

Follow the link here for more.


DBS checks

In case you recently missed it, CIW have recently changed the way they process DBS checks.

For the latest in CIW updates, have a nose at our dedicated webpage here.


Play Wales

Play Wales has launched a new website to support playful parenting.

Playful Childhoods is a campaign that aims to help parents, carers and grandparents give children:




to play at home and in their local community.

Visit their new website by clicking here.


Learn Welsh Level Checker

Have you signed up for the Learn Welsh Level Checker yet?

Wales PPA & Cwlwm are supporting all childcare, early years and playwork professionals to identify your current level of Welsh language competency.

To find out more, click here.


Business Rates for Childcare Settings

It was announced last week that business rates will be scrapped for day nurseries in Wales after claims the industry was struggling to survive.

According to BBC News, campaigners had called for the exemption to help nurseries deliver the Welsh Government pledge of 30 hours of free childcare a week.

Wales PPA have recently published a statement on this, which you can find on our Facebook page here.

We have also recently added to our website the official statement published from Welsh Government. The full statement is available here.



Skills Cymru

Considering a career in the Early Years sector?

Make sure you visit the Social Care Wales stand at Skills Cymru next month – the best way to be inspired and to discover the many opportunities available to you across Wales and get the best possible start to your career.

For more information on this event and details on how to book your place, take a look at the brochure here.


Wales PPA Members Events

Wales PPA have two members events coming up this October. Make sure you don’t miss out on this free event discussing hot topics in the early years news and childcare sector!

Visit our What’s On page here to see what events are taking place in your area.


Job Vacancies

Wales PPA are currently recruiting for Freelance Quality for All (QfA) assessors in West Wales.

The purpose of the role is to assess childcare providers on their high-quality standards, enabling them to achieve Wales PPA’s quality assurance scheme, Quality for All, (QfA).

For more information on this post and details on how to apply, please click here. Closing date for this post is Monday 15th October.


Our members also have the following vacancies within their setting:

Pitter Patter Day Nursery, Powys – One to One Support (Maternity Cover)

Playgroup Supervisor – Rossett Pre-school Playgroup, Wrexham

Play Development Coordinator, Playleader & Play Worker – Y Bont, Bridgend


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

In case you missed it, on the 26th September it was #NationalFitnessDay!

The 10 Minute Shake Ups by Change4Life are a great way of getting children moving and count towards the 60 minutes they need everyday, which can help lead children to happy and healthy lifestyles!


Take a look at the full collection of 10 Minute Shake Up games on the Change4Life website here.


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