Your early years news, features and guides round up: 23rd February – 8th March 2019

Welcome to our first early years round-up on our new Early Years Wales website!

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


Upcoming Events

North Wales Awards – Save the date: Wednesday 8th May 2019 

Pop the date in your diaries for our Early Years Wales Members Event and Awards Celebration taking place May this year!

Invites will be sent out shortly to enable you to register your space. We look forward to seeing you there!


Early Years Wales Member Drop In Session (St Asaph)



Early Years Wales Members Forum – Swansea


Encouraging Creativity: Creative and critical thinking in early years education

Join Pete Moorhouse at Ely & Caerau Children’s Centre, Cardiff on 14th March 2019 to help develop an understanding of what creativity means and explore ways in which we can best encourage creativity.

The course will start by defining creativity and critical thinking and then looking at the different aspects of children’s thinking that contribute to the process of developing ideas.

Course will run from 09:30-15:30 with a 9am registration.

To book your place, please click here.


Extra Inset Days for Schools in Wales

It was announced this week by Education Minister for Wales, Kirsty Williams, that schools in Wales will be given an extra Inset day each year for the next three years, to help teachers prepare for the new national curriculum, which is being rolled out from 2022.

Longer term recommendations relating to teachers’ pay and conditions will be discussed with the education workforce unions and employers and then considered in detail by the new Independent Welsh Pay Review Body.

Consultation for this proposal is now open on the Welsh Government website here and there are many different ways you can respond with your views.

Consultation ends for this proposal on the 1st May 2019.



Each day, around 40 under-5s are rushed to hospital after choking on something, or swallowing something dangerous. Food is the most likely cause, but small objects and toys can also be risky for young children.

We recently shared a useful post from the Child Accident Prevention Trust on our social media pages which highlighted some useful tips on how you can help stop babies, toddlers and children from choking on certain foods & smaller objects.

They also stressed that it is important to be particularly aware of sweet items such as mini eggs around Easter time – as these are exactly the same size as a toddler’s airway.

In case you missed it, click here for the link.


Food and Nutrition

If you enjoyed Claire Beynon’s article in our winter edition of smalltalk – Reflections on obesity in children from a public health trip to Japan & are following the new Food & Nutrition Guidance from Welsh Government, you may find this article published by the The Guardian at the weekend an interesting read:

Baked cod, miso and bok choy: unpacking Japan’s healthy school lunches

Local officials refer to the school meals in the Pacific coastal city of Fukuroi, as the healthiest in a country with one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.


The Daily Mile

Have you signed up to the The Daily Mile UK yet?

The Daily Mile is a great way of getting children outside of the classroom by running or jogging for 15 mins every day – leading children to fitter and healthier lifestyles!

With now over 400 schools and nurseries taking part in The Daily Mile across Wales, there is no better time to join them… especially with the lighter, warmer months approaching!

Sign up & receive your free welcome pack here.



The easyfundraising March planner is now available and it’s FULL of top fundraising tips to encourage more donations for your setting…

Also, enter the easyfundraising Mother’s Day Competition for your chance to WIN your share of £500.

Register your setting today by following the link here:


Techniquest Toddler Days

Have you heard about Techniquest’s Toddler Days?

They are held once a month during term time and provide additional activities all aimed at encouraging young children to explore & take their first steps in science.

The next one is the 3rd May 2019 – so don’t miss out! Book your tickets here.


Quality for All (QfA)

Huge congratulations to…

Little Penguins Plasmarl Flying Start, Swansea; Seren Fach Playgroup “Little Stars”, Newport; Building Blocks Too, Torfaen who have all 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 the QfA scheme, please visit our website for further information: Early Years Wales – Quality for All


DBS checks

Check out uCheck’s recent blog which highlights the most common DBS application mistakes and how you can avoid making them to reduce any delays in applying for DBS checks.

Link to blog:

…& don’t forget members – you are entitled to discount with uCheck as part of your membership.

Contact us if you would like to register:



World Book Day is a worldwide campaign to promote the benefits of reading for people of all ages in more than 100 countries.

Did your setting take part in the celebrations this week? We have been seeing some fantastic costumes across all our social media pages!

For the first time this World Book Day, featured titles were made available in Welsh for children or parents who are visually impaired. Audio, large print and Braille versions of two books have been produced as part of the global celebrations.

Last year was the first time a Welsh-language book was among the 14 titles on sale for just £1 as part of the celebration. This year, Na, Nel! Un tro… by Aberystwyth-based author Meleri Wyn James and Darllen gyda Cyw by Anni Llyn will be included and are available to those with sight loss.

Read more about this on the BBC website here.


…& finally

In light of World Book Day this week, meet the lovely Celyn – also known as the ‘Reading Dog’

He spends time with schoolchildren to help improve their reading skills (he doesn’t actually read to the children… in case you did happen to wonder!)

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