Your early years news, features and guides round up: 24th August – 6th September 2019

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


Bringing a fresh perspective to Early Childhood Education and Care

Less than 1 week to book onto our September seminar!

Join us at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff on September 17th where we bring you a fresh perspective to Early Childhood Education and Care through a series of discussions, workshops and networking that focus and recognise the importance of the first 3-years of a child’s life.

Aldo Fortunati and Barbara Pagni will be discussing the San Miniato approach to early childhood education, which recognises the child as the protagonist – the leading character – in the processes of growing, learning and developing relationships, not only from the child’s viewpoint but for the benefit of their parents, family members, and their wider communities.

Exclusive discounts are still available to Early Years Wales members.

Book your tickets HERE:


Early Years Wales Annual Report

Early Years Wales Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018/19 gives us a chance to reflect on the impact we make to our membership and stakeholders.
Download and have a read of this here.

Early Years Wales Team

Looking to contact a particular member of the Early Years Wales team?

Between us we have over 245 years of service to Early Years Wales alone… so we like to think there isn’t much we don’t know about the Early Years in Wales!

Find out who’s who here.


Welsh Government Apprenticeships

Welsh Government are advertising two separate apprenticeship schemes which offer different qualifications.

One is a digital scheme where successful candidates will be placed in a digital role and the second is more general scheme that can offer a range of different qualifications.

The schemes will offer a number of NVQ apprenticeships including:

Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) Pathway apprenticeships

Role specific apprenticeships – which include both Business Administration apprenticeships and Customer Service apprenticeships.

Welsh Government are recruiting for apprentices to start from late 2019 to early 2020.

More information on the Welsh Government website here.


National Centre for Learning Welsh

There are still limited spaces left on the Camau courses starting this month.

Find your closest course below:


Abertawe / Swansea






Pontypwl / Pontypool:






*JUST ADDED* Cardiff / Caerdydd:




WCVA Charity Awards

Have you got your nominations in yet for the WCVA Charity Awards?

WCVA have launched The Welsh Charity Awards in recognition and celebration of the fantastic contribution charities, community groups, not-for-profits and volunteers make to Wales.

So if you know an organisation or individual that deserves to be celebrated, nominate them here before the 2nd October 2019.


Be Tick Aware

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are increasingly being diagnosed in the UK and children are at the greatest risk.

Practicing good tick bite prevention habits is the best way to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Good habits range from wearing appropriate clothing, where you walk, and how often you check for ticks.

Global Lyme Alliance have provided 5 simple tips on how to prevent exposure to lyme disease and to teach children how to protect themselves from a tick bite.

Read through them here.



The autumn issue of smalltalk will be landing on your doormats soon members, have a sneaky peek of what’s in store for you in this issue here.

… not a member?

Join Early Years Wales and you will receive a free subscription to smalltalk magazine (worth £28). The perfect way to keep up with developments in the early years sector in Wales and you’ll never miss an issue!

Join Early Years Wales here today.



To help you hit your fundraising goals this term – we’ve teamed up with shopping cashback website, easyfundraising!

Chances are, most of your supporters shop online anyway, for everything from holidays to home insurance. Using easyfundraising is a quick, easy and cost-free way they can help raise funds for your setting.

To help you recruit supporters – grab your free toolkit HERE.

Whether you need funding for new equipment or running costs, it’s time to #GetFundraising! Join over 2,700 settings already part of the easyfundraising community today by clicking here.



Early Years Wales Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event

Back by popular demand – our Foundation Phase Excellence Network Event!

Booking will be available SOON but in the meantime, take a look at what is in store:


Early Years Wales Members Forum – Buckley

Not long to go until our Members Forum in The Westwood Early Years Centre, Buckley on Wednesday 25th September 2019.

There is still time to book your place! Please email or call 01745 530111 / 07814 832652



Early Years Wales are currently recruiting for Freelance Assessors in North Wales to assess childcare providers on their high-quality standards, enabling them to achieve our quality assurance scheme, Quality for All, (QfA).

Closing date: 20th September 2019

For details on how to apply, visit our Jobs page here.


…& finally

HUGE congratulations to Tori Wright, MD of Early Years Wales members’ Coed Derw Day Nursery in Llangennech, Llanelli for being nominated as one of Wales’ top young business women 2019!

See the full list here.

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